Fire fighting spray nozzle can come in a variety of styles. Some are designed to deliver water while others can be modified for use with other media such as foam or an aqueous film-forming substance (AFFF). They are used in drenching systems to spray water or other flame retardant material over a large area to help contain and extinguish a fire. They are also used in water curtain systems that create a barrier of sprayed water around sensitive equipment such as gas tanks to protect against explosions or to provide a path out of an area for people trapped inside.
Nozzles are categorized based on the spray pattern they support, with two of the most common types being fog and straight stream. A nozzle with a fog spray pattern spits out a cone-shaped spray of water droplets that can easily be converted into steam to take away the heat and airborne contaminants from a space. Fire hose nozzles with a straight stream spray pattern expel a steady stream of water in the shape of a column, and they offer a more precise delivery of water for putting out fires.
Regardless of what the nozzle type is, water pressure plays a major role in how far and fast the firefighting stream travels as well as how deeply it penetrates the materials it comes into contact with. There are many ways to increase your water pressure, including adding stack tips to your nozzle or using a hydraulic booster pump, but it is important to understand the water flow capabilities of each type of nozzle before purchasing one.
Fog nozzles are great for protecting valuable assets and reducing downtime in the event of a fire. They are also used for a variety of other fire safety applications such as cooling down equipment and removing smoke, contaminates and heat from areas where personnel can work safely.
A drenching system is required for many facilities that store or manufacture combustible materials such as plastics, chemicals, or paper products. They need to be able to quickly spray a large amount of water or other fire suppressant material to contain and extinguish a fire so it doesn’t spread into additional rooms.
In addition to knowing your facility’s requirements, it is crucial that you choose the right fire protection system to ensure it meets or exceeds any local or federal regulations. A fire suppression nozzle is an essential component of any fire suppression system, so make sure the nozzle you select will meet the requirements of your facility and meet or exceed all local, state, and federal fire safety regulations.
The UL Listed and FM Approved fire suppression nozzles we sell at LEADER can be used with any water or AFFF medium and are available in several different models and configurations to accommodate your application needs. If you have questions about what type of nozzle is best for your application, please contact our customer service team. They will be happy to assist you.