Aspirating Smoke Detection is based around a central detection unit which continually draws air through a network of small and unobtrusive pipes.
Aspirating smoke detectors use discrete sampling pipes with multiple holes and a fan unit to draw air through the pipes from the protected area. As this happens the air is filtered, removing any contaminants or dust to avoid false alarms, before it is processed by the highly sensitive detection unit.
As the air moves through the units sampling chamber, the detection unit uses a laser-based light source to measure the amount of light that is scattered (or reflected) by smoke particles in the chamber.
Aspirating smoke detectors are highly sensitive and can detect smoke even before it is visible to the human eye, providing a very early warning of a fire event and prompting investigation at the earliest smouldering stage of fire when it can be easily dealt with.
This type of fire detection is suitable for environments where highly sensitive rapid smoke detection is required. Sampling points are often very discrete and pipe networks can be easily hidden, this makes aspirating smoke detection suitable for environments where the aesthetics of a property are to be maintained.
Aspirating smoke detection can also be used in dusty or dirty environments as long as the correct design, installation and maintenance processes are followed.
Aspirating systems can often be found in large, open, high level warehouses and storage spaces. Due to the vast size of the area covered, an aspirating system can be a safer and cost effective way of protecting your business.
With manufacturer specified installation instructions and carefully placed sampling holes, an aspirating system can provide your building with very early smoke detection warning as apposed to point to point wired automatic smoke detection.
Aspirating systems can also be found in areas of high risk where it is vital that an early warning is sent to the main fire alarm control panel. Aspirating systems can be integrated with any new addressable or conventional fire alarm system.
We'd strongly advise talking to a fire risk assessor or our experienced design team before making a decision on your aspirating system.
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Aspirating Systems can be installed in the following building types :
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