This standard specifies the requirements and test procedures for LPCB approval of direct low pressure (DLP) application fixed fire suppression systems, using heat sensitive pneumatic detection tubing, designed for the protection of small unoccupied defined volume enclosures such as electrical switchgear cabinets, server racking and similar installations from small local flaming fire sources.
The objective of the approval is to assess the ability of the system to prevent fire spread between units by evaluating the effectiveness and reliability of a system to detect and extinguish the fire at its source. The system shall also be capable of isolating the power to the protected enclosures and generating a signal for an alarm. The evaluation of a system is essentially a verification of the parameters specified in the system manual.
The selection and specification of fire protection equipment should be based on the completion of a suitable risk assessment and local regulatory requirements.
These systems are intended solely to provide enhanced local fire protection. They are not intended for use as whole room or building fire protection systems.
The requirements and test procedures specified herein are those which generally enable a satisfactory evaluation of a system to be made. However, the LPCB reserves the right to apply special considerations dependant on the scope of application of a particular system if it is not adequately dealt with by this standard.
The scheme provides approval for systems with:
- A single container heat detection tube installation run protecting a maximum single volume of 2m3.
- Up to 4 heat detection tube runs connected to a single container where no single protected volume exceeds a 2m3 volume.
- A maximum heat detection tube length of 10m from the container outlet to the end of any single detection tube run.
The range of materials and products employed within these enclosed volumes is large and whilst this scheme addresses a number of potential fire scenarios it cannot be considered to address all applications in particular where the electrical power supply is not isolated/removed upon activation of the suppression system and the risk of re-ignition remains high.