Halon Fire Suppression
Halon Fire Suppression systems
For a long time, Halon 1301 Fire Suppression systems were extensively used – in many industries – as the best solution for fire extinguishing. They were first introduced in the mid-1960’s, and quickly became the industry standard in fire protection. By the 1970’s they were the #1 type of fire suppression system across the country.
Because Halon fire extinguishers do not leave residue, they were very popular in buildings with sensitive equipment and objects, such as IT rooms, museums, and laboratories.
However, in the 1980’s it was found that Halon 1301 fire suppression systems were depleting the ozone at an incredible rate, and in compliance with the Montreal Protocol of 1987, production was ceased significantly. In 1994, under the Clean Air Act, production of Halon was banned in the US.
What does this mean for your business if you have Halon systems installed?
If your company is located in the US and you currently have Halon systems installed, note the following:
- Halon is still in use today, but there is no new production of Halon.
- You are NOT legally required to remove your current Halon system.
- It is still legal to use and purchase recycled Halon.
- You should have a plan in place to eventually replace your Halon 1301 system.
In response to the continued use of existing Halon systems, the NFPA has published a set of Standards and Codes of Practice to Eliminate Dependency on Halons to help businesses better understand the issues posed by Halon, and help them find an alternative.
If you have a Halon system installed and are in need of a recharge with recycled Halon, or if you’re ready to replace your Halon system with a more environmentally friendly fire suppression system, contact one of our fire safety experts for a free consultation