Free-fall fire valve enhances safety

Black Teknigas free fall fire valve

Black Teknigas has introduced a system of free-fall fire-valve equip­ment that is suitable for oil and gas installations. This range of valves and accessories provides a complete, positive 100% fuel-isolation system that will automatically operate in the event of excessive temperatures or an alarm.

Peter McEntee, sales and marketing director describes the system as a low-tech gravity-operated alternative to complicated electrically or electronically operated devices that is extremely reliable. ‘You never lose gravity in a fire,’ he says.

These valves can be installed vertically or horizontally. They can be used with a wide range of fuels, including oil or gas, and can only be re-set manually.

The thermal fuse is the most common method of actuation. There are other triggers, both mechanical and electrical, including a solenoid quick release. Additional equipment allows complete integration into fire-alarm and building-management systems.

Black Teknigas also offers a mercury tilt switch for fitting to the valve lever to sound an alarm or notify building managers if it moves.

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