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Your company's servers are critical to your business, so it's important to make sure you have the right fire suppression system in place to protect the servers in the event of a fire. Be sure to check with your local fire code to see if there are any specific requirements for your area, and consider the following three points as you prepare your server room fire suppression system.
Early Warning Fire Detection Systems
Servers and electrical equipment can spark small fires that may smolder before they are noticed by you or your smoke detector system. These detection systems are designed to take a sample of the air to detect traces of smoke in the air. The detectors should be placed throughout the server room to provide the best results. Unlike traditional alarm systems, early warning systems do not trigger your fire suppression sprinklers, giving you time to mitigate damage and prevent the fire from growing. This is essential for server rooms, as the sprinkler system can damage your servers.
Emergency Power Off Switch
Regardless of how many servers you have in the room, you need to have one emergency power off (EPO) switch that you can trip in the event of a fire. This will shut your servers down, which may result in some data loss, but it may also be able to suppress an electrical fire by preventing the continued source of electricity to the fire. This will also minimize the amount of damage done to your servers if a water suppression system must be used to put out a fire, as the combination of water and electricity in your servers could cause additional shorting to the system.
Water Mist Fire Suppression
While sprinklers are designed to disperse water into the room when triggered, water mist suppression systems create a form of nonconductive wet fog in the room. The water can extinguish flames, but the mist may result in less damage to your servers. When water is not dripping onto your servers, you may be able to salvage data from the servers after a fire has been completely suppressed.
Your fire suppression systems contractor and your local fire inspector can help you to find the right options for your server room. You'll want to focus on safety in your building and safety of your data, and with the right suppression system, you can ensure both without compromising on quality or safety in your building's server room.