Halon Frequently Asked Questions
"I have a Halon 1301 system. Do I need to remove it from my facility"?
Currently, no laws or regulations exist that require customer's to remove existing Halon 1301 systems from operation. However, many companies are voluntarily upgrading to more environmentally-friendly alternative suppression agents, such as FE-25 or FM200.
"If my Halon 1301 system discharges, can it be recharged with Halon"?
While Halon 1301 is banned from new manufacture, existing Halon reserves may be used to recharge existing Halon systems that have discharged. Halon is prohibited from use in NEW suppression agent systems, and an alternative agent, such as FE-25 or FM200, must be utilized.
"I no longer want Halon in my facility. What can I do with it?"
Halon Banking Systems will buy your old systems and take care or disposal for you.
What is Halon?
Halons are low-toxicity, chemically stable compounds that are used in fire protection applications. As long as Halons remain contained/banked in cylinders they are easily recyclable for reuse.
The three types of Halons that Halon Banking Systems (HBS) deals with are Halon 1211, a liquid steaming agent that is used in portable extinguishers, Halon 1301 and Halon 2402, a gaseous agent that is used in fixed total flooding systems.
What are the benefits of using Halons?
The benefits of using Halons are that they do not leave liquid or solid residues when discharged, therefore they are preferred for sensitive areas, such as computer rooms and data storage areas. They also can be used in the presence of humans, which is important in closed areas such as aircraft, boats and armored fighting vehicles.
Who uses Halons?
The industries that use Halon are owners and users of Halon containing equipment, the fire protection service industry, manufacturers and distributors of fire protection equipment, and manufacturers and distributors of chemicals used in fire protection equipment.
Are Halons Dangerous?
Halon has an extremely high ozone depleting potential (three to ten times more than CFCs) and its intended use results in its release into the environment.
What are the alternatives to Halon?
There are alternatives to Halon. Many large users of Halon (i.e. Department of National Defense, Manitoba Hydro) are taking steps to remove Halon containing equipment from all but the most critical areas. Most Halon 1211 in commercial and industrial applications is being replaced, therefore, a need is emerging for disposal facilities. Halon 1301 is being retained in designated critical areas and recovered Halon 1301 is being banked for future use.
Is the Halon business regulated?
Yes. The current Federal regulations prohibit production of Halons and import and export of recovered Halons except by permit. There are Federal controls on uses and releases and mandatory removal of Halon prior to decommissioning of equipment and the reporting of halon releases, accidental or not, are mandatory. There is also an environmental code of practice on Halons, the MONTREAL PROTOCOL, which provides directions to owners of Halon containing equipment on reducing and eliminating Halon releases to the environment.