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RE: fire suppression
From: "Hayes, Bill" <Bill.Hayes () owh com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 17:05:21 -0600

I've just been researching this, so here goes. Corrections always welcome.

In the US, the National Fire Protection Association maintains the fire prevention standards. NFPA 75 - Standard for the 
Protection of Information Technology Equipment is the one you'll want to examine. WARNING: You have to pay to see them 
online (http://www.nfpa.org/codesonline/).

Sun Microsystems mentions NFPA in  Sun Microsystems Data Center Site Planning Guide Chapter 5: Safety and Security
(http://docs.sun.com/source/805-5863-13/ch5.html).

I've found this subject to be kind of fuzzy. Generally you'll want to use class "C" clean agents. Examples include 
Halotron, FM200, and good old CO2. For a discussion of CO2 and thermal shock, see 
http://www.nafed.org/library/C02comp.cfm. You should stay away from dry agents as they could really mess up the works 
when they get sucked into printers, etc. Class C dry agents are supposed to be nonconductive, but they could be 
abrasive.

Bill...

-----Original Message-----
From: Zachary Mutrux [mailto:zmutrux () compumentor org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 2:06 PM
To: Security-Basics
Subject: fire suppression


Security includes maintaining availability, right? So I guess that includes
preventing and recovering from disasters. Can anyone suggest a good resource
for information about fire suppression in server rooms, etc?

Thanks,

Zac


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