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    Fact or Fiction: 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

    May 15, 2019

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    Fact or Fiction: 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

    Fact or Fiction: 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy of any clean agent.

    • Diagram of Novec 1230 Fluid safety margin

      Fact. We stand by our safety margin with pride. Novec 1230 fluid has the highest safety margin of any clean agent listed in the NFPA 2001 standard, 2018 edition.

      Safety margin is determined by comparing the minimum design concentration for the agent to be effective to the No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL). Some agents, such as CO2, are lethal at design concentration, while others have varying safety margins. Based on the minimum design concentrations outlined in NFPA 2001, Novec 1230 fluid has a safety margin ranging from 69% to 122% for Class A, B and C fires, while agents such as HFC-227ea have a 3% to 34% safety margin.

      As a room is filled with objects – servers, desks, heavy equipment and more – that displace air, the safety margin is reduced. The higher the safety margin, the more flexibility the facility manager will have in the future to update equipment or accommodate changes in technology or new demands for space without putting occupant safety at risk. And that provides peace of mind for the specifier, the facility manager, and everyone else involved.

      Specifying a system based on safety margin? We have sample specification copy that highlights the importance of a high safety margin to meet your customer’s needs.


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