FUEL ISLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION
NY State requires that all gasoline fuel dispensing islands be protected by an overhead fire suppression system. The systems we install are designed to assist occupants in evacuating parked vehicles that may be subjected to fire due to spilled fuel in the area of a protected service station. This unique hazard has many environmental and physical variables that effect the fire suppression. Some of these variables include unusual wind or weather conditions, spills or ignition sources beyond the protected area and large vehicles in the discharge pattern.
Gas Station Fire:
”Don’t think a fire can happen at the gas pump? Click the picture…to see how fast it can happen.
Please note that the station did not have a fire suppression system.”
All systems are pre-engineered and modular so that they can fit almost every application. Each system is designed specifically for the hazard being protected. Dispenser location, hose length and canopy height are just a few of the issues that can effect the design of a system. In cases where there is no canopy, we will fabricate and install a support system. Contact us for more details.
We also offer galvanized cabinet enclosures for each cylinder. The cylinders are typically located on top of the island canopy and are subjected to the harsh elements of NY State weather. The low cost of a cabinet during the installation will save you buying new cylinders in a few years, as they could deteriorate beyond repair.
HOW IT WORKS:
The system can be activated manually by activating a pull station adjacent to the fuel island attendant. The discharge can also be activated automatically by heat sensors located over the fuel dispensers. The pull station or heat sensor will send an electrical signal to the actuation cylinder. The actuation cylinder will activate an electrical switch (for dispenser shut down, alarms, etc.) and discharge air through a pneumatic line. The pneumatic line is attached to all agent cylinders containing dry chemical. These cylinders are placed on the canopy or directly adjacent to the dispensing area. A network of piping attaches the agent cylinders to the nozzles that deliver dry chemical to the hazard area.
In 2003 the standard for fuel island fire suppression was upgraded to a new UL standard – UL 1254. This meant that the installation must be designed to extinguish a fire under winds of 10 mph. In turn, the manufacturers had to increase the amount of chemical and pressure at which the chemical is delivered. All of the systems that we install are UL 1254 compliant and meet NY state code requirements. NY state code also requires that systems that serve unattended gasoline dispensing be connected to the local fire department. Ask us if this code applies to you.
Service after the sale is what you will get from us. NY State code requires that all systems be inspected by certified technicians every six months. A cost effective service contract will keep your system in top condition and keep you code compliant. Contact us for more details on system new installations and inspections.