The 5 Question Special Hazard Fire Protection Quiz

Posted on by Greg Palya

 

engineer inspecting special hazard fire suppression system

 

Do you know everything about special hazard fire protection systems? Or are you just eager to learn something new?

Either way, this short, five question quiz will certainly get you thinking. The main goal of the quiz is for you to learn at least one new aspect about special hazards and fire suppression.

I will give you the questions first, and then in the next section,  I will give you the answers as well as an explanation as to why that’s the answer.

Welcome to Our Special Hazard Fire Protection Quiz!

Please write your answers down on a separate sheet of paper so you can check your answers at the end of the post.

 

#1 – Which special hazard fire protection system has been outdated since 1993-1994?

a) Halon 1301

b) Dry Mist

c) Clean Agent

d) Inert Gas

 

#2 – Which special hazard fire protection system would most likely be used for a data center?

a) Water Mist because a light mist won’t damage the data center

b) Clean Agent because it will put out the fire by removing oxygen, thus not damaging the expensive equipment

c) CO2 system because its 34% concentration rate is widely used in non-populated areas

d) Deluge system because data centers are expensive and you want to put out the fire hazard with the largest amount of agents as possible

 

#3 – Which special hazard fire protection system would most likely be used for a CNC machine?

a) A Deluge system because flooding the system ASAP is the best option to put out the fire quickly

b) An Inert Gas system because using chemicals will put out the fire without damaging the machine

c) CO2 system because it’s non-toxic and it can be installed throughout the machine as to target the fire in specific areas

d) A Water Mist system because a light mist won’t damage electronics or machinery

 

#4 – True or False?

You will need a relief vent in a room being protected by an Inert Gas system to relieve the pressure released at discharge?

 

#5 – You would never use a Deluge Special Hazard Fire Protection System to protect a (an):

a) Power plant

b) Aircraft hangar

c) Chemical storage facility

d) Computer room

 

Answers and Explanations

#1 – Which special hazard fire protection system has been outdated since 1993-1994? 

The correct answer is a, Halon 1301.

According to multiple reports, including this fire protection company in Hawaii, Halon 1301 was “phased out” from being produced on January 1, 1994. The reason behind being phased out of production is because Halon 1301 is an ozone depleting chemical, meaning it contributes significantly to the depletion of the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer, which shields the planet from damaging UV-B radiation.

 

#2 – Which special hazard fire protection system would most likely be used for a data center?

The correct answer is b, Clean Agent.

You can use a water system, but you risk damaging equipment, which can be devastating to a business anytime data centers are out of commission. A clean agent, special hazard fire suppression system will put out the fire by removing oxygen from the data center room, thus putting out the fuel for the fire, and avoid damaging the data center.

 

#3 – Which special hazard fire protection system would most likely be used for a CNC machine?

The correct answer is c, CO2 system.

Firetrace has detection tubing that runs CO2 throughout the CNC machine that can detect and extinguish a fire at its source…no matter where it starts. Tests have shown that under normal circumstances FDT (Firetrace Detection Tubing) detects a fire 10 times faster than traditional methods.

 

#4 – True or False – You will need a relief vent in a room being protected by an Inert Gas system to relieve the pressure released at discharge?

The correct answer is True. This article about fire suppression in the UK showcases two methods for extinguishing a fire using an Inert Gas system, with both cases requiring pressure relief vents.

 

#5 – You would never use a Deluge Special Hazard Fire Protection System to protect a (an):

The correct answer is d, Computer room.

A Deluge Special Hazard Fire Protection system is meant to protect very large assets by essentially drowning the asset in fire suppressing agents. If a deluge system was used on a computer room, it would damage the equipment, which not only means there are very expensive costs replacing the computer room, but also the costs of having your business down while repairs are made.

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you for taking the special hazard fire protection quiz! We hope you did great, but most importantly, we hope you learned at least one new fact about special hazard systems.

If you are an all-around fire protection pro, make sure to come back to our blog next week and checkout our five question quiz about fire protection for your kitchen.

Thanks for your participation and have an awesome day!


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