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    Now is the time to replace halon fire suppression systems!

    September 20, 2016

    • Although halon production has been phased out for quite some time, there is still a substantial, aging installed base of halon. For a variety of reasons, system owners may be looking to replace their halon systems. For instance, some companies may be looking to reduce their footprint on the environment and others may be adapting to changes in the protected asset. And now’s a great time to make the switch from Halon. According to John Demeter, President of  Wesco HMB, Inc., “Wesco has witnessed a dramatic increase in demand for recycled halon 1301 over the past year, which has led to more than a doubling of the price paid for recovered halon.” By recycling your halon you can offset the cost of your new fire suppression system and by choosing a non-hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) clean agent solution, you can avoid going through this process again.

      HFCs, like halon, have been used for decades to protect valuable electronic and paper assets that would otherwise be destroyed by traditional water sprinkler fire protection, which is the reason HFCs emerged as an alternative when halons were phased out, until recently. HFCs themselves are now subject to global regulatory phase-down under the Montreal Protocol due to their high global working potentials (GWPs) and the availability of proven, more sustainable alternatives. So, when replacing your halon-based fire protection system, avoid HFCs, like FM-200™, and select a fire suppression solution that will stand the test of time and has a warranty to back it up – 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

      As featured in the July Issue of Gulf Fire (PDF, 18.16 MB), halon fire systems are still in place and choosing an HFC-based replacement seems to be a very short term solution. After all, HFCs used in fire suppression have some of the highest GWPs relative to HFCs used in other sectors, so a brighter spotlight on their environmental impact is inevitable. Not to mention, HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a climate impact that is more than 3000 times that of CO2 and, with the exception of very niche applications, low GWP alternatives to HFCs are already widely used by the fire suppression sector.

      To ensure you are choosing a fire suppression system that will work now and for years to come, you must consider the recent regulatory actions targeting HFCs and how they will impact the life of your system as well as your total cost of ownership.

      Instead of going through this regulatory phasedown process again, specify 3M Novec 1230 fluid. With a GWP of less than 1, Novec 1230 fluid is not target for regulatory phase-down. When you create a specification, you’re making a promise that the system you’ve identified will serve the business for the long term. At 3M, we understand this level of responsibility and commitment. That's why we offer the promise of our 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty (PDF, 247.50 KB). Here's how it works: If 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent within 20 years after installation due to its environmental properties, we’ll refund the purchase price of the fluid. It’s our legacy to you. So you can leave a legacy of your own.

      Learn more (PDF, 1.06 MB) about all the reasons to specify 3M Novec 1230 Fluid.

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