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Fire Suppression for Archives and Museums

A clean agent fire protection alternative to water-based suppression systems

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced clean agent fire suppression material, used to protect high-value assets such as rare books, paper documents, archival film and video; antiques and works of art.

These valuable – and often irreplaceable – objects are vulnerable to conventional water, foam and dry chemical extinguishing agents. As a clean agent, Novec 1230 fluid offers a number of important advantages in fire protection of high value assets:

  • Evaporates cleanly and completely during discharge
  • Leaves no residue to clean up
  • Electrically non-conductive
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-reactive with paper, canvas or other such materials
  • Will not affect ink, paint, pencil markings, dyes or other media

Wide margin of human safety for archive, museum and library fire protection

Just as important is Novec 1230 fluid's low toxicity and wide margin of safety. This is a particular concern in document storage areas and vaults that are normally occupied. With CO2 and many conventional halon alternatives, the level of clean agent needed to extinguish a fire can be lethal to humans. The wide margin between Novec 1230 fluid's use concentration and "No Observed Adverse Effects Level" provides the widest margin of safety relative to other chemical clean agents, CO2 and inert gas mixtures.

The sustainable clean agent halon alternative

The outstanding environmental profile of Novec 1230 fluid is unmatched by any other halogenated fire protection agent – making it today's long-term, sustainable solution for safeguarding our cultural heritage.

  • Non ozone-depleting
  • Five-day atmospheric lifetime
  • Global Warming Potential of 1

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