Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Protecting Your Data Centre From Fire Hazards

Data centers are hugely vulnerable and vital areas of business operations, with sensitive information held within. Typically, these centers are composed of a large group of computer servers, running on one network. Data centers are used by large organizations to store, process, and distribute their data. This software and hardware are of the utmost importance, considering the invaluable information that they store, and process, daily.

Thus, the protection of these data centers is imperative in ensuring safe and confidential operation and of any large organization working with sensitive information. Luckily, there are a variety of tactics and systems available for corporations to safeguard their data and computer networks. Fire suppression systems work to extinguish and control fires, without the intervention or immediate action of humans. As data centers run using a large network of electrical inputs, wires, and heat, these remote locations may be at risk of fire.

Protect your sensitive data center from potential fire outbreaks using the following safety tips:

Have Early Warning Systems in Place

Early fire warning systems are composed of one, or many, devices that serve to detect fire-related combustion, whether it is visible or not. Once a combustion particle is detected, early fire warning systems - like fire alarm systems - work to notify individuals either within or outside of a building of the appearance of a fire. Usually, these systems use an audible alarm system, but in remote data centers, some systems can notify staff off-site of a fire.

Early warning systems should be utilized in conjunction with immediate protection, such as automatic response extinguishing systems. In data centers, these automatic extinguishers must be carefully placed, as to damage as little technology as possible. Targeted sprinklers, or fire-retardant cages are great fire suppressing agents for data centers, as they can contain a fire within a certain area.

Develop a Formal Fire Safety Plan

Data centers are dependent on well-devised and detailed plans, and the development of a functional fire suppression plan should be no different.

  • Explore and identify any potential fire hazards that exist within a data center, such as faulty wires, computers that tend to over-heat, or flammable materials within the center. The best fire protection plans notice threats of fire, and addresses these problems, before any fire can begin.
  • Check with your local fire authority and existing laws to ensure that your fire protection plan complies with laws and safety measures within your area.
  • Test your fire suppression systems, and test them often. Regular maintenance of these systems assists you and your employees in protecting the data center, and reduces stress overall.
  • Pay close attention to expiry dates on fire suppression appliances, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Ensure that you and your staff are well-trained and orientated in all aspects of your data center’s fire safety plan.

Protecting your data center from a fire hazard is an easily manageable task, with the right information, and expertise. The fire protection professionals at Bison Fire Protection want to help keep you, and your organization’s data, safe. Call 866-441-3473 for more information on our services, or to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:06 AM


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