HVAC, Water and Fire Detection in Electronic-Heavy Environments

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HVAC, Water and Fire Detection in Electronic-Heavy Environments:


Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Maintaining the environment involves maintenance of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanisms. This is vital in computer and server rooms, which should be kept to a temperature of 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 – 23 degrees Celsius, and the humidity should be sustained between 40 and 60 percent. The humidity level is significant in these rooms as high humidity can cause corrosion, and excessively low humidity can cause static electricity.

Water: Physical security policies should be able to deal with water leakage even if they are not a common occurrence. Water leaks can cause extensive damage to electronic equipment, especially while they are operating. Also, running electricity that is exposed to water presents a serious risk of electrocution to personnel. It’s important to locate server rooms away from a water source if possible. Water detection circuits can also be installed on the floor around mission-critical systems. These circuits will trigger an alarm if water is encroaches upon the equipment. In addition to monitoring water leaks, the facility’s capacity to withstand severe rain or flooding should also be evaluated.

Fire Detection and Fire Suppression: Fire is a serious risk in environments that have a lot of electronic equipment. Fire detection and fire suppression systems must be installed to preserve the safety of personnel as well as the electronic equipment. Along with the protection of human life, fire detection and suppression is purposed to diminish damage caused by fire, smoke, heat, and suppression materials, especially with IT infrastructure. One of the main elements of fire control is awareness training for personnel. Those in training should know the use and location of fire suppression mechanisms in the facility, as well as designated evacuation routes.

Other details that can be included in fire response training:

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