The risk of a fire spreading through your building is something that every business owner, property manager, or landlord should fear. You may be fully aware of the risks, doing all that you can to prevent the circumstances that can lead to a violent fire, but what about if one breaks out?
Beyond fire detection, suppressions, and safety, like alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers, and exit routes, you need to also think about how you can contain a fire and stop it from spreading if it does break out. That’s what passive fire protection is all about.
What is passive fire protection?
One of the key strategies involved in structural fire protection, PFP is all about containing fires after they break out and delaying their spread by closing the point of origin off the from the rest of the building. Fires and smoke can travel fast, and passive fire protection aims to slow them down to reduce their risk to life, mitigate their damage, and offer more time for firefighters to arrive in time to combat it effectively and safely.
What does passive fire protection include?
Like all other forms of fire protection, there are a few key components often used as part of a passive fire protection strategy, including the following:
Fire doors – These help compartmentalize different areas of the building, stopping and smoke from travelling through them. They are available in FD30 and FD60 categories, which are able to stop fire and smoke for up to 30 and 60 minutes, respectively
Intumescent and smoke seals – Intumescent means that a product is designed to expand under high temperatures. These seals are positioned between the door and its frame, stopping smoke and fire from travelling through the gaps.
Pipe collars/wraps – Intumescent pipe collars and wraps help prevent smoke from spreading through pipework that leads from compartment to compartment for up to four hours by expanding to fill holes in pipes.
What fire regulations do you need to know?
Whether domestic or commercial, passive fire protection regulation is applicable to both new and existing buildings. The key regulation you need to know is featured in The Building Regulations 2010, under the Fire Safety category, in Approved Document B, Requirement Document B. It goes as follows:
“Where reasonably necessary to inhibit the spread of fire within the building, measures shall be taken, to an extent appropriate to the size and intended use of the building, comprising either or both of the following –
(a) sub-division of the building with fire-resisting construction;
(b) installation of suitable automatic fire suppression systems.
The building shall be designed and constructed so that the unseen spread of fire and smoke within concealed spaces in its structure and fabric is inhibited.”
How can we help?
If you believe that you’re in need of passive fire protection, then get in touch with us today. We’re a professional fire safety company that can work with business owners and managers in all kinds of commercial buildings, as well as with landlords, housing associations, and property managers of all kinds. We can carry out a thorough inspection of the building, see whether it meets regulatory and safety standards, and highlight what steps you should take next. If you’re ready to invest in PFP, we can also help install the components you need. It’s your responsibility to ensure your buildings are up to regulation, and our pleasure to help you do just that.
If you’d like to know more about our Passive Fire Protection solutions or to discuss your requirements, contact the expert team at Fire FM today on 01582 668500.