Fires lead to disasters if they aren’t detected and suppressed at the right time. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), of 1,319,500 fire cases reported in the US in 2017, 499,000 were building fires, which was an increase of about 5% from 2016. The losses incurred by explosions across the globe accounted for more than $15 billion during the period 2013−2018, Hence, such massive losses have increased the importance of safety equipment in modern residential and commercial buildings.

The fire detection and suppression equipment market is growing at a phenomenal rate due to the increasing importance and adoption of smoke detection devices in manufacturing units, corporate, and residential sectors. Hence, it becomes imperative to detect smoke first and then suppress it. The global fire detection equipment market is dominated by several types of fire detectors. The following are major equipment that helps to extinguish the smoke.

Smoke Detectors: They are designed to provide an early signal about the outbreak. A maximum amount of smoke is produced in the ignition stage, followed by smoldering. Studies have found the high fire intensity generates small smoke particles, while low intensity creates large smoke particles. These particles help smoke detectors to alert people from any potential accidents. The growing number of commercial buildings, coupled with the growth in industrial sites, is likely to be a major driving factor for the growth of smoke detectors globally.

Aspiring Smoke Detectors (ASD): Innovative detectors such as ASD are making the way in the market and are likely to bolster the growth due to highly sophisticated fire detective technology, which uses air suction from the hazardous areas to the chamber and continuously monitors the smoke. These types of detectors are particularly beneficial for warehouses, industrial production units, metro stations, and clean rooms. They are also easy to install and maintain with a long lifespan and can accurately classify airborne particles.

Portable Extinguishers: There are four types of extinguishers, which are filled with CO2, foam, water, and dry chemicals.

  • CO2 Fire Extinguishers are predominately utilized at petroleum, chemical, and gas industries as these devices can nullify the oxygen content.
  • Foam Extinguishers are effective in putting out fires caused by organic materials and flammable materials such as petrol and diesel due to the presence of water content. They are finding high application in industries such as hospitality, education, and healthcare.
  • Water Extinguishers are predominantly used to extinguish fires from wood, paper, and other textiles.
  • Dry Chemical Extinguishers are work by interrupting the chemical reaction happening in the fire. They are not recommended for closed spaces because as they can be inhaled and have harmful side effects. These devices have a wide usage in LPG and chemical industries with large boilers.

Factors driving the growth of fire suppression and detection Equipment

Portable extinguishers offer efficient handling. As they are preferred in residential, commercial, and industrial areas which are expected to witness growth during the forecast period, the demand for fire detection equipment market is likely to gain momentum. Moreover, stringency in fire and safety regulation, which includes the installation of suppressors such as extinguishers in developed and developing regions, is expected to bolster the market in the near future.

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 Prominent Vendors

  • Johnson Controls
  • Honeywell International
  • United Technologies
  • Siemens
  • Schneider Electric
  • Bosch

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