Nitrogen is a naturally occurring gas that is commonly used to put out and control fires of all sizes. It has been long used in the fire suppression industry and is preferred over other methods for various reasons. At nexAir, we are constantly finding ways to improve our team’s knowledge of gases, gas products and gas services. We do this through hands-on field experience, training, and lots of Q & A’s. Lean on our KnowHow to help guide you in your decisions when it comes to using nitrogen as a fire suppressant.
What is nitrogen?
Nitrogen, N, is a chemical element with the atomic number 7. It is a colorless, odorless and nonreactive gas that forms about 78% of the earth’s atmosphere. Nitrogen is almost everywhere we look and is a common element in industries such as food packaging, food preservation, manufacturing, medicines and as we’re discussing today, fire suppression.
Why is nitrogen used as a fire suppressant?
Nitrogen acts as a great and effective fire suppressant by reducing the oxygen content within a space, causing the fire to extinguish quickly and effectively. It is a safer option for when people are present and does not harm the environment as well. There are many noteworthy benefits to a nitrogen fire suppressant such as:
Benefits of a Nitrogen Fire Suppressant
- Safe to use in large amounts when people are present. Since nitrogen is a naturally occurring inert gas, there is no potential risk of toxins or by-products being produced and causing harm to people.
- Has a longer lifespan
- Non-conductive and can be used in sensitive environments
- Will not damage equipment
- Requires no clean-up after the event
- Fast-acting – can get the job done, fast!
Over all, nitrogen is a people and environmental friendly inert gas fire suppressant that is widely used across the country. Having a safe and effective fire suppressant readily available at all times is crucial to the safety of those around you, the space that you are in and the environment.
At nexAir, we are eager to help our customers Forge Forward, and when it comes to safety, we are all for it. Please feel free to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns that you may have in regards to nitrogen and fire safety – we’d love to discuss it with you. As always, thank you for choosing nexAir as your leading gas supplier and educator!
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