The oldest and most prevalent fire extinguishant is water. Taking a page out of Mother Nature’s book, humans created a water delivery system that mimics rain, the fire sprinkler. Sprinklers have, throughout the years, proven to be an effective fire suppressant and life safety device. Although, there are situations when the use of water may be hazardous„ damaging, or impractical.
For instance, introducing water into a data center would be damaging to the computer components, whereas, a clean agent system extinguishes a fire without damaging electronic components. In another instance in a manufacturing plant introducing water to a process or existing fire may exacerbate the situation, but a clean agent system would not adversely react with the process or fire, thus saving lives and equipment.