Levitt-Safety Blog

Special Hazard Fire Protection Solutions by Levitt-Safety

Derek McEwenMarket Segment Manager, Fire Systems and Mining TechnologyOctober 10, 2023

Protecting facilities that store or use hazardous materials, house critical infrastructure, or contain valuable assets is a top priority. In Canada, stringent national and provincial fire codes, combined with other regulations, emphasize the need for robust fire protection in such environments. Special hazard fire protection systems are specifically designed to detect, suppress, and mitigate fire risks in applications where standard measures fall short.

Risk Assessments and Design:

All good special hazard fire protection begins with a detailed fire risk assessment. Specific hazards in a facility, such as high fire load storage, high-value equipment, or critical infrastructure are all evaluated to determine the most effective means of fire protection. The assessment determines the appropriate fire protection measures needed and then the design of the fire protection system can begin. Design often requires engineered drawings, computer-aided design, and specific calculations to ensure these systems will function properly.

Data Centers: Clean agent systems are widely used in data centers and server rooms to protect sensitive electronics and prevent damage from water-based systems.

Lithium-ion Battery Storage: Lithium-ion batteries are becoming very prevalent in many applications and have certain risks associated with them.

Telecommunications Facilities: Telecommunications equipment, including switching and transmission rooms, is protected using clean agents.

Museums and Archives: Clean agents are used to protect valuable artifacts, rare books, and archival materials where water or foam would cause significant damage.

Dust Explosion Detection: Under certain conditions, dust during the manufacturing process can create an explosive risk. Having early warning detection systems is critical to the prevention of explosive conditions.

Large Flammables Storage: Oil and Gas and chemical manufacturing plants often have very large storage vessels and require careful evaluation for proper protection.

Control Rooms: Control rooms housing critical infrastructure, such as power generation and distribution facilities, benefit from clean agent fire protection.

Medical Facilities: Clean agents are used in healthcare settings to protect medical equipment and critical patient care areas.

Aircraft Hangars: Aircraft hangars, where fuel and flammable materials are present, often employ clean agent systems to protect against fire.

Levitt-Safety has a very experienced in-house design team that works independently or collaboratively with professional engineers to ensure all factors are considered for the fire protection application. Special hazard fire protection systems in Canada are governed by national and provincial regulations and codes. Assurance that all Regulations and Codes are considered is a part of the expertise Levitt-Safety brings to the Special hazard protection team applications.

Installation and Maintenance: 

Levitt-Safety provides a highly experienced, adaptable, and agile team to complete the installations, verifications, and ongoing maintenance of most special hazard systems across Canada. We represent some of the industry's most recognized and highest calibre manufacturers in this field as distribution partners to bring you the best-in-class fire protection. 

Our team of Levitt-Safety technicians and certified tradespeople excel in a range of disciplines, including:
  • Fire Alarm Systems and Panels: Essential for detecting, signalling, and initiating alarms and responses in the event of a fire. 
  • Standpipe and Sprinkler Applications: Standpipe systems offer versatility and provide greater pressure at hose connections, making them more efficient in extinguishing blazing fires, than automatic sprinklers. Sprinkler systems are, however, still effective and remain enforceable in all commercial and residential buildings.
  • Detection Systems: Advanced detection systems, such as flame detectors, heat detectors, and smoke detectors, are often used to quickly identify the presence of a fire. Early detection is crucial in preventing catastrophic events.
  • Clean Agent Fire Protection Systems: Fire suppression systems that are designed to quickly and effectively suppress or extinguish fires in environments where water-based systems may be ineffective or harmful. These systems use "clean agents or inert gases" for fire suppressant agents that are electrically non-conductive and leave no residue. This makes them suitable for protecting sensitive equipment, valuable assets, and critical facilities.
  • Foam Fire Protection Systems: Foam systems are highly effective at suppressing fires involving flammable liquids. The benefits of foam include cooling the fire and preventing re-ignition by reducing the temperature of the flammable liquid. They provide Saponification where foam forms a blanket or layer on the surface of the liquid, smothering the fire. Versatile applications where foam can be used in various industrial settings and are adaptable to different hazard types.
Water Mist Fire Protection Systems: Utilizing finely atomized water droplets to control and extinguish fires. These systems are effective in a wide range of applications, including Class A and Class C fires. The advantages of a Water mist system include reduced water usage, reduced property damage, and they can be applied where water sources are not available on demand.

Your Complete Fire Protection Service Provider: 

To ensure your fire protection system’s reliability - regular maintenance and inspection are essential. At Levitt-Safety, we can train your personnel on proper system inspections and use between maintenance intervals. When it comes to the ongoing maintenance of clean agent systems, manufacturer and industry-specific training is critical to ensure only trained recognized professionals shall carry out the design, installation, and maintenance of special hazard fire protection systems. Comprehensive documentation of special hazard fire protection systems, including design plans, maintenance records, and test reports, should be maintained to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. Levitt-Safety is keen to deliver comprehensive fire protection services, guaranteeing that your systems are not only efficient but are fully aligned with all Canadian regulatory requirements.

Levitt-Safety is your Fire Protection Solution:

As mentioned above, fire protection systems are a critical component of fire safety in environments where special consideration needs to be taken. Special hazard fire protection offers rapid-fire suppression response, minimizes damage, and downtime. Cleaning agents leave no residue behind in applications where equipment and materials are sensitive to contamination. Environmentally friendly modern suppressant agents comply with new environmental regulations, making fire protection available in cases where remote locations or infrastructure make it difficult. At Levitt-Safety, we have the know-how and the trained personnel to supply you with a comprehensive special hazard fire protection program for you.