The FM-200 zero Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) fire suppressant
supplied and installed by GIELLE is now well established as the
single most effective Halon 1301 replacement. It is approved and
verified around the world by such organisations as Britain’s
Loss Prevention Council, Lloyds Register, and the US
Environmental Protection Agency.
FM-200 is suitable for virtually all total-flooding fire
suppression applications, although it is most commonly used to
protect vital company assets – those upon which the
company’s survival might well depend. However, as it does not
remove significant quantities of oxygen or obstruct vision,
FM-200 is also ideal for use in occupied rooms or enclosed
compartments, and is quickly cleared when ventilated.
Fires are extinguished
rapidly, typically knocking out class A, B and C fires in
less than 10 seconds. This minimises atmospheric toxicity
and the generation of smoke and soot. Physical and chemical
actions combine in FM-200 to form an irresistible fire
fighting force. FM-200’s physical properties lower the
flame temperature, while the chemical action suppresses
In fact, FM-200 is the appropriate choice in applications
where liquid extinguishants, water-based or dry chemical
products can cause costly damage or result in considerable
and expensive downtime. Because of its zero conductivity,
this includes electrical, communications and data processing
equipment and plant or machinery.
FM-200 also scores where cylinder storage space is at a
premium. For normal Class A fire risks, only 7% by volume
FM-200 is needed for extinguishing purposes, resulting in
far less space being taken up than with many other gaseous
extinguishing systems on the market.
Its short atmospheric life has made FM-200 an acceptable
option with many environmentalists. Atmospheric life is
believed to have a direct link with global warming, and
FM-200 withstands favourable comparison with the other Halon
1301 alternatives on the market, some of which have extended
As a leading fire safety
specialist engineering company, ISO 9001 - ISO 14001 and LPS
1204 approved GIELLE undertakes every aspect of an FM-200
Recent GIELLE FM-200 installations have included the
protection of a local authority’s multi-million pound
computer centre and a cable television company’s switch
and relay station. FM-200 has also been used on offshore oil
platforms. It is Factory Mutual (FM) approved, Underwriters
Laboratories (UL) Listed, and has been approved and
specified by the US Navy.
The company’s computer-aided-design technology is put to
work at the earliest stage to ensure a fully engineered
system design. Site installation and commissioning are
carried out under the strictest GIELLE quality assurance.
GIELLE also undertakes regular maintenance of FM-200
installations and room integrity testing to ensure they
remain design readiness.