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Passive Fire Protection, the Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero

Building construction contains a very important safety feature – passive fire protection. ⬅️  (view this short video) Undoubtedly the unsung hero is passive fire protection. It gives a building the ability to withstand the effects of fire, heat and smoke. It also helps the building to stay intact while it is on fire, and, for as long as is possible, halts the fire from spreading to other areas in the structure.

The building structure can be made fire resistant by the use of a passive fire protection system. It reduces the chances of secondary fires starting, limits the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building, and minimises the possibility of the structure collapsing or becoming distorted while it is ablaze.

Minimising the Damage

By implementing passive fire protection designs, builders use fire resistant materials in construction of the structure. This leads to the protection of life as well as protecting the building itself. A passive fire protection system can reduce the amount of damage should the building succumb to a blaze and it may remain fit for purpose owing to the limited damage. Any repair costs will be kept to a minimum and business may be able to be to be continued at the location as soon as possible following the blaze. This will mean the owners will be able to resume business as quickly as possible.

The effect of using passive fire protection products will be to enhance fire safety. Structures and building can consist of firewalls which ensure that if a part of a building collapses because of a blaze, the rest will remain standing

Compliance is Key

Fire doors are also a perquisite in an effective passive fire protection system. The fire door should be able to opened and closed fully and locked if necessary. Smoke seals can also be fitted to the fire door, but they must not impede its opening and closing. When purchasing a fire door it is essential to ensure it with AS 1905.1-2005AS 1530.4—2005 requirements.

Fire resistant glass is as clear as standard panes of glass, but they are constructed to withstand heat and fire from between 60 and 120 minutes. Fire resistant glass is made by using multi-layer intumescent interlayer technology.

Fire resistant glass must meet the basic standards set out in National Construction Codes. It also has the properties to serve as a firewall. To find out more about fire regulations contact Complete Fire and Pumps for the right advice regarding your passive fire protection systems.

Yours In Fire Safety

Alex