Two of the most popular Halon alternatives are 3M™ Novec™ 1230 and FM-200™. These clean agents have similar benefits of Halon, including being able to be used in occupied spaces and not leaving a residue, so they are safe for equipment and minimize any downtime from a lengthy cleanup.
Why was halon discontinued?
In 1994, halon production ceased in developed countries after scientific evidence suggested that halon contributes to the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer. While potential replacement chemicals have been proposed, none of them meet all of the stringent performance requirements for aviation.
Do they still make halon fire extinguishers?
This type of halon is more commonly found in fire extinguishers. Halon 1301 (also known as bromotrifluoroethane CBrF3)) is more limited in its effectiveness and is typically used in fixed installations to suppress Class A, B, and C fires. Today, the only source of halon for use in fire protection is recycled halon.
Is Halon a dry chemical?
Fires in live electrical equipment – motors, generators, switches and appliances – where a non- conducting extinguishing agent Multi-Purpose (ABC), Regular Dry Chemical, Halon 1211 or Carbon Dioxide is required. Yes—excellent Dry chemical agent is non-conductive.
What replaced Halon systems?
Already, water sprinklers are replacing halon systems in many applications. Dry chemical extinguishants and carbon dioxide are also receiving increased use.
What is a disadvantage of Halon fire extinguishers?
Disadvantages: Obscures vision. More irritating than ordinary dry chemical. Nozzle pressure may cause burning liquids to splash.
Can Halon still be used?
It is legal to continue to use your existing halon system and to purchase recycled halon to recharge your system. 2. There are currently no laws prohibiting halon emissions, however, discharge testing is strongly discouraged.
What is Halon worth?
The current cost of recycled Halon is $25 per pound.