FE-13™ Fire Extinguishing Agent (HFC-23)
FE-13™ Fire Extinguishing Agent is a hydrofluorocarbon with the ASHRAE designation of HFC-23 and is manufactured by DuPont. Chemically it is trifluoromethane, CHF 3 . It does not contain bromine, like Halon 1301 (CF 3 Br), which is the component identified as contributing to the depletion of the earth’s ozone layer. With zero ozone depletion potential (ODP), FE-13™ is environmentally preferred.
FE-13™ is the preferred Halon 1301 replacement in total flooding and inerting applications where its low toxicity provides for improved safety margins, the protected space is large (approved for nozzle heights up to 25 feet), the cylinder storage area is remote from the protected space, or where the temperature range is extreme -40F (-40C) to 130F (54.4C).
In the event you have a discharge, BFPE International will work with you to recharge your system, so that you are able to resume business with minimal interruption.
Clean Agent Fire Suppression Systems utilizing FE-13™ as the fire extinguishing agent are:
FE-13™ System manufactured by Kidde Fire Systems
Contact BFPE International for a clean agent fire suppression system containing FE-13™.
Some examples of high value items protected by FE-13™ clean agent fire suppression systems are:
- Inerting Applications on the North Slope
- Inerting Applications at McMurdo Station in the Antarctica
Use of FE-13™ in Total Flooding and Inerting
Class-A (solid) Hazards – FE-13™ can be used where people are normally present or normally occupied spaces, which represent more than 90% of the applications utilizing clean agent fire suppression systems for fire protection.
Class-B (liquid and gas) Hazards – FE-13™ can be used in areas that are normally occupied. It is especially useful where difficult Class-B fire hazards exist, such as hard-to-extinguish fuels like methanol, as well as spaces where the volume will vary with contents, like cargo holds.
Class-C (electrically energized) Hazards – FE-13™ is electrically non-conductive and non-corrosive, making it ideal for protection of areas with electrical equipment.
Institution and Agency Recognition for FE-13™, listed as HFC-23 and as an acceptable replacement for Halon 1301 in the:
- U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Program
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2001 Clean Agent Standard
- International Standards Organization (ISO) 14520
- European Committee for Standardization (CEN) 14520