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VESDA Smoke Detection Systems

You can prevent fires, and you can put them out when they do occur. Halfway between these steps, however, is an innovative technology for warehouses and other storage spaces: VESDA smoke detection systems. This advanced fire safety solution can detect a fire almost immediately, increasing response times and cutting the problem off at its source.

VESDA, or Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus, is an advanced aspirating smoke detection system. A network of aspirating pipes with multiple holes is threaded through protected areas of the facility and connected to VESDA detector units. The detectors constantly draw air through the pipes and into the detector unit.

Upon entering the VESDA detector unit’s chamber, the air samples are filtered for any dust and contaminants which might skew the result, before being subjected to a smoke detection laser. If the laser beam is scattered (a result of striking smoke particles in the sample of air), the VESDA system alarm is triggered, and signals are immediately sent to your central fire monitoring stations.

This system occurs passively in the background at all times, and has the capacity to detect fires just as they’re starting, before fire or even smoke is visible to the human eye. While a VESDA system should not be seen as a magic bullet for fire safety, it is an incredibly useful weapon in the arsenal of any safety-conscious owner of high density racking and storage.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the design and installation of racking systems and accessories, Invicta Racking is perfectly positioned to install your next fire protection system. Contact us today to speak to an expert advisor, and learn how our VESDA smoke detection systems can benefit your business.


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