Fire Protection and Suppression
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Normally hydrogen fires are not extinguished until the supply of hydrogen has been shut off due to the danger of re-ignition and explosion. Personnel who work around hydrogen should be trained in the characteristics of hydrogen fires and proper procedures for dealing with them.
- A hydrogen fire is often difficult to detect without a thermal imaging camera or flame detector.
- Let a gaseous hydrogen fire burn, but spray water on adjacent equipment to cool it.
- Be careful not to spray pressure-relief devices, since ice formation could make them inoperable.