Taking the Heat Out of Fire

clean agent, fire suppression   January 26, 2009

11:49:48Clean agent Halon 1301 replacements, such as fluorinated ketones and hydrofluorocompounds or HFCs are said to work by displacing air and “taking the heat out of the fire.”

But what does that mean? To a layperson, that means that the molecular structure of halocarbons chemically reacts with other molecules whenever a fire is present, chemically destroying the propagation of flames.

The molecular structure of gaseous halocarbons breaks down at high temperatures. This breakdown allows halogen atoms to combine with active hydrogen atoms, chemically extinguishing a fire.


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