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Fire Behavior- Introduction to Fire Suppression


It is sometimes argued that water should not be used as a fire suppressant in situations where delicate electrical equipment would be damaged by the water. Most of the time, however, water would be present because a fire of sufficient energy has caused sprinkler discharge or has required hose stream application from emergency responders.

If this is the case, the heat of the fire has already caused irreversible damage to delicate electronic equipment, so the application of water isn't going to make a difference.

In the case of providing automatic sprinkler protection in a computer room, for instance, one has to ask, "Is the risk of water damage greater than the risk of the total loss of the building?"
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