When someone asks about your building’s fire protection system, you probably think about its alarm and sprinkler systems when, in reality, it is much more. It is a collaboration of systems between Active Fire Protection and Passive Fire Protection.
The all-important combination
Why worry about a passive fire protection system if you have a working active fire protection system? And why worry about active when you have passive? Well, an active fire protection system takes action in helping to put out the fire, but may not always function the way they are designed to work. Sprinklers could fail due to the lack of maintenance, water supply problems like frozen pipes, or even inadequate water pressure.
On the other hand, passive fire protection uses systems that help control and prevent the spread of fire/smoke. It does not, however, take any type of action, such as putting out the fire. Therefore, both AFP and PFP are meant to work together during a fire, not one in place of the other.
The biggest issue today remains with that of quality of construction and poor workmanship with inappropriate material. Couple this with inadequate protection of concealed spaces, such as compartmentation in roof voids is a particular issue with respect to hidden fire spread.
Both active and passive fire protection is designed to save lives and protect buildings and must remain in your consideration when both building and maintaining a building. Ensuring your passive fire measures are up-to-the job will allow you and your occupants of that building to have peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that if the worst should happen people will have as much time as possible to escape. Both active and passive fire protection systems can control fires. Together they help protect lives.
If you need any help or advice in determining whether you’re building is safe, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can organise a site survey, or if you don’t have a fire risk assessment or one that is ‘suitable and sufficient’ send us your details and we’ll be in touch.
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