Frequently Asked Questions
This is where you will find most answers. If there should still be any questions left, don't hesitate to contact us.
+ What is the PROTENG® THIA fire suppression device?
A cost-effective, environmentally friendly, automatic fire suppression device, that extinguishes fire from its inception. It’s a small, simple plastic tube containing extinguishing agent FM-200®. Devices come in various sizes to protect enclosed areas big and small.
+ How does the PROTENG® fire suppression device work?
The system is fully automatic and responds to increasing temperatures. At temperatures of 158°F (Standard) or 194°F (Heavy Duty) and or contact with direct flame, the tube ruptures, releasing the non-toxic agent and thus extinguishing the protected area.
+ What is the PROTENG® fire suppression device for?
Our device is used to protect people and high value assets. It’s designed to protect fuse boxes, electrical equipment (i.e. tower computers, server rooms), motor vehicles (i.e. cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, commercial trucks, buses, tractors, RV’s, boats), construction equipment, industry vehicles/machinery, boats, electrical rooms, etc.
+ How is a PROTENG® fire suppression device different from a fire extinguisher?
Traditional fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems are typically large, heavy or bulky. Our device is a small plastic tube that’s simple, lightweight, easy to install, and requires no maintenance.
Traditional fire extinguishers use a foam or powder that leave residue behind which needs to be cleaned up, can cause damage to valuable assets. The vast majority also contain chemicals that are dangerous.
Beyond that, traditional fire extinguishers are typically applied after a fire is ablaze and out of hand. PROTENG® fire suppression device uses a natural gas that stops fire from the moment it starts, without causing further damage to your property.
+ Is PROTENG® non-toxic? Environmentally friendly?
Environmentally friendly? Yes, it’s non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Our system uses a clean agent known as FM-200, which is a natural gas that’s harmless to the environment.
+ Does the PROTENG® fire suppression device require maintenance?
No. If installed correctly, our system requires no maintenance and works automatically, so your valuable space and assets are safe from fire even when you’re not present.
+ How do I install the PROTENG® fire suppression device?
+ Where Do I Find Pricing?
We’ll have a representative contact you to determine the system for you. That way, you can rest assured it’s been designed and priced properly. We have two types of THIA tubes for different nominal heat scenarios and the length needed is based on the area needing protection.
To contact an representative, please complete the contact request form.
+ How many PROTENG® Fire fire suppression devices do I need per room, machine or vehicle?
Only one device is required, but sizes vary. We provide several different sizes and two different tube types to suit your unique needs. We can also create custom sizes if needed.
+ What is FM-200®?
FM-200 is also known as Heptafluoropropane, HFC-227 or HFC-227ea (ISO name), as well as apaflurane (INN)
FM-200™ is the world’s most widely selected clean agent for use in new applications and as a Halon 1301 replacement. It is suitable for use in a wide range of fire extinguishing applications, including total flooding, streaming, and inerting applications. FM-200™ (HFC227ea, CF3CHFCF3) is a safe, clean, and electrically non-conductive agent that protects people, high value assets, and the continuity of business operations.
FM-200™ has been validated by independent agencies and received component approval from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FM). It is listed as an acceptable agent for the replacement of Halon 1301 and new applications in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) program in both total flooding and streaming systems. FM-200™ has a zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and is the environmentally preferred alternative to Halon 1301. FM-200™ is included in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2001 Clean Agent Standard and the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14520 Clean Agent Standard.
+ Are there any side effects?
No. The PROTENG® fire suppression device contains gas that’s electrically non-conductive and also non-corrosive so there will be no damage to electronics or delicate mechanical devices.
+ How should the PROTENG® fire suppression device be stored?
Store in a dry, dark place at temperatures 41°F to 77°F (+5°C to +25°C).
+ What if there’s contact with skin or eyes? What if it’s inhaled?
If contact with skin or eyes, immediately flush with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Take off contaminated clothing immediately and wash before re-use. If inhaled, remove from exposure to fresh air and lie down. Consult a physician.
+ How long does the PROTENG® fire suppression device last? When do I need to replace it?
The system lasts 4-5 years. After that, if you return the undamaged product with the original serial number we will replace it at a discount.
+ Is the PROTENG® fire suppression device covered under warranty?
Yes, we offer a one-year warranty for commercial use and two-year warranty for private use.
+ Can the PROTENG® fire suppression device be used in an open area?
No, our system must be placed in an enclosed room or area. It is not for use in open areas.
+ Is the PROTENG® fire suppression device patented?
Yes, our system and design is fully patented.
+ My truck/vehicle/machinery is required to have a fire extinguisher/fire extinguisher system. Can I replace it with the PROTENG® fire suppression device?
No. Our system is to be used in addition to any required extinguishers for your vehicles or machinery. We aim to stop fires in the beginning before they spread, but if for any reason the fire continues to spread, you’ll need to have a traditional fire extinguisher on hand.
+ Can the PROTENG® fire suppression device be purchased everywhere in the United States?
Yes! Proteng is available to be purchased in all states...
if you are interested....We’ll have a representative contact you to determine the system for you. That way, you can rest assured it’s been designed and priced properly. We have two types of THIA tubes for different nominal heat scenarios and the length needed is based on the area needing protection.
To contact an Design Specialist, please complete the contact request form.
We are working on adding a calculator to self determine the type of THIA tube needed in the near future....
+ What if something goes wrong and I need assistance?
If you have a medical emergency or any emergency outside of business hours please dial 9-1-1 for assistance. If you need assistance during business hours (M-F, 9-5 EST) please see our contact page to reach a representative.