Optical fire alarm systems and optical flame detectors….What are they, and do you need one?
Optical flame detectors are a key component in Active Fire Protection (AFP) systems used in a variety of industrial operations, including the oil and gas industries.
While not necessary in residential or commercial fire protection systems, the addition of an optical flame monitors – often required by codes or industry standards – are critical in industries using hazardous or highly flammable or explosive materials.
Besides oil and gas operations, optical flame detectors are often seen in industrial applications using alcohols, paper, wood, solvents and petroleum products like kerosene and other fuels.
Although known by the generic term of optical flame detectors, specific models use a variety of optical characteristics to detect flame depending on the potential hazards present.
Most modern optical flame detectors use either infrared or ultraviolet imaging to detect the presence of flame; a wide range of options tailor specific detectors for particular industrial applications.
Besides gearing detectors to the most reliable method of flame detection for the likely ignition source, consideration must also be given to the likelihood of false alarms – which result not only in down time and production loss, but can also damage equipment.
Your San Diego fire protection experts will consider all of these factors, as well as the necessary distance and field of view that needs monitoring in matching optical flame detectors to your application. Some industrial facilities, with limited and specific hazards, may require just one flame detector, while others may obtain the best fire protection with multiple detectors strategically placed at possible sources of flame.
In the San Diego, Calif. area, Metro Fire and Safety provides professional fire system technicians who can assist with any fire monitoring and suppression needs, including those requiring optical flame detection. We can also assist with any fire safety equipment needs and fire safety training.