FAQs Clean Agent Fire Protection & Halon

Whatever you need to know about halon we can help. Take a look at our frequently asked questions below, if you can’t find the information you are looking for, contact the A‑Gas team.

FAQs

What is Halon?

Halon is a fire suppressant agent found in both Fire Suppression Systems (Halon 1301) and Fire Extinguishers (Halon 1211). This is the most effective extinguishing agent available. Halon is a clean agent, which means it leaves no residue when used, so it causes no damage to your property.

Is Halon Banned?

Halon is not banned, but it is no longer manufactured. The phase out is being discussed but no dates are set. For more information about the phase out you can read more information about the Clean Air Act on the US EPA’s website.

Who uses Halon?

Halon is still used in many applications. From protecting computer rooms throughout the electronics industry, to numerous military applications on ships and even on commercial aircraft, Halon is an integral and unparalleled fire-extinguishing agent. Halon 1211 fire extinguishers play a vital role in protecting peoples’ lives as well as property including homes, automobiles and boats.

What is the HRC voluntary Code of Practice?

An ethical code of practice for reclaimers of halon. This Code of Practice has been developed to assure the public that HRC Enrolled Sellers engaged in the business of halon recycling and recovery, are operating in a manner that promotes safe and environmentally responsible halon reclamation.

What are laboratory certifications?

Laboratory Certifications are proof that an agent has been tested and has passed one of the industry-accepted standards (i.e. ISO-7201 or ASTM-D5632, Type 1 or Type 2). It is standard practice that every cylinder or bulk tank of agent that is supplied by A-Gas has a laboratory certification.

Where can I buy recycled halon?

Recycled halon should only be purchased through an EPA certified reclaimer. A-Gas can assist sellers wishing to dispose of halon in an environmentally friendly manner, and as well as buyers with “critical needs” who require Halon 1211 and 1301 for recharging their existing systems. A-Gas operates a comprehensive Halocarbon Bank Management Program that meets all requirements of the EPA’s 1990 Clean Air Act.

What are "recycled halons?"

They are used halons cleaned by means of filtration, distillation, separation or other mechanical processes. As a result, our finished product meets the standards as set forth in ISO 7201 or ASTM D5632, Type 1 or Type 2.

What is a Halocarbon Management Program?

A-Gas established a comprehensive Halocarbon Management Program in response to our customer’s environmental and fire protection needs. We purchase, reclaim and sell recycled halocarbons, meeting or exceeding all industry standards. We only sell to “critical users” and strictly follow all regulations and laws regarding the safe handling and transportation of halogenated agents.

What if I need to dispose of my halon?

A-Gas can also help you dispose of your halon. Occasionally, owners of ozone depleting chemicals may select destruction as a preferable option, especially if their corporate policies require permanent disposal of all ODS’s (Ozone Depleting Substances), Class 1 CFC’s and halons. A-Gas stands ready to accept these unwanted agents for destruction. This program is located in Bowling Green, Ohio and can achieve destruction effiencies up to 99.9999%.

What size containers do you have?

We have the following containers available for Halon 1211, Halon 1301, HFC-227ea, HFC-125, and HFC-236fa: 50 lb. 100 lb. 200 lb. 300 lb. 500 lb. 1000 lb. 1 ton (2000 lb.)

Can I buy a cylinder of unreclaimed or unprocessed halon?

No; When you buy a system container of halon that has not been recycled and laboratory tested, you cannot be assured of what is in it. A-Gas takes great pride in selling only recycled and laboratory certified products. Always demand laboratory certifications for each tank or cylinder containing halon.