Health & Medical
The majority of UK hospitals have evolved and grown over many years. Health sector buildings present particular fire safety challenges, primarily in safeguarding patients with a wide range of dependencies in the event of fire
A Comprehensive Range of Protection
Checkmate Fire provides comprehensive range of passive fire protection and fire resistant glazing solutions using only the most advanced products and services for healthcare buildings throughout the UK. Our operatives have extensive experience working in open environments and on sensitive wards and sites spread across multiple locations, keeping staff, patients and assets safe, while providing critical works.
Checkmate Fire’s Passive Fire Protection services to the Healthcare industry takes in to account the critical component that applies to other industries we work in such as the Hospitality industry. Hotels, hostels and bed & breakfast buildings all have in common the sleeping component which makes these buildings more susceptible to fire hazards. It is therefore crucial for managers to make commercially sound investments for all premises.
Our unrivaled knowledge means that we have the privilege of working with local and national organisations across the UK as we take a collaborative approach in everything we do to provide fully 3rd party accredited passive fire protection solutions on price and on time.
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Addressing the unique nature of healthcare buildings
The majority of UK hospitals have evolved and grown over many years. Health sector buildings present particular fire safety challenges, primarily in safeguarding patients with a wide range of dependencies in the event of fire. In addition, the size and complexity of a modern day hospital or care centre will often mean that complete evacuation of the building is neither practical nor appropriate.
It is for this reason that the most common approach adopted in healthcare buildings is progressive horizontal evacuation, moving occupants from the fire-affected area, through a fire-resisting barrier to an adjoining area, which is designed to protect the occupants from the immediate danger of fire and smoke. The occupants then remain in the fire safe area (refuge) until the fire is extinguished or, if necessary, further evacuation is required to another refuge or down the nearest stairway.
Fire Rated Door Sets are an important component of passive fire protection. Effective fire rated door sets prevent the spread of fire, smoke and toxic gases. Our BRE/LPCB fire doors services will ensure your doors are survey, repairs and installed under third party accreditation standards with certifications supplied on completion.
Fire Door Sets in the Healthcare Sector not only represent a legislative requirement based on The Fire Safety Order 2005- UK Fire Regulations, but also have a crucial role in providing a safer environment for both students, faculty and staff.
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Checkmate Fire provides comprehensive range of compartmentation works to protect staff and patients in the event of a fire. Moreover, all of our work is backed up by intense audits to ensure quality and standard of work.
The aim of Compartmentation is to limit the rapid spread of fire. By dividing building premises into “fire compartments”, fire is contained by forming a barrier against smoke, heat and toxic gases. Fire Compartmentation is designed to contain the fire in the area of origin, providing protection for the building and for its occupants. Fire Compartmentation is the most effective mean of limiting fire damage before the fire brigade arrives. The benefits of compartmentation are: limiting fire damage, allowing further fire prevention systems to be installed, increased fire protection for a limited period of time.
You have the assurance, with Checkmate Fire, that all work will be carried out to the appropriate methods and standards. We will ensure that the building has the adequate compartmentation system, by completing a survey prior to performing any type of work. We will then perform any required additional works such as cavity barriers fitting, repair or supply and installation of fire rated door sets, as well as fire rated ceilings and walls so that the compartmentation system meets the legislative standards.
Our unrivalled knowledge means that we have the privilege of working with local and national organisations across the UK as we take a collaborative approach in everything we do to provide fully 3rd party accredited passive fire protection solutions on price and on time.
Fire Rated Ceilings
Fire rated ceilings are another important component of passive fire protection. Fire rated ceilings provide fire protection to buildings, ensuring that in the event of a fire, the ceiling can block fire spread for a certain amount of time.
Fire rated ceilings are particularly beneficial to large premises within the Healthcare industry such as critical illness and elderly patient wards, where the evacuation of occupants can be problematic
Fire Rated Walls
Fire rated walls play an important role within effective compartmentation and passive fire protection in general. Fire rated walls are designed to provide 30-120 minutes fire stopping. All partitions enclosing fire escape stairs and fire escape routes require appropriate degrees of fire protection as agreed with Building Control.
Modern education buildings benefit from increased natural light which drives demand for increased internal glazed partitions. Now, it is more important than ever to ensure open spaces and glazed partitioned units remain fire resistant. Checkmate Fire will ensure that your building benefits of an adequate passive fire protection system whether you require standard or glazed walls. Fire Rated Walls will always strengthen an existing passive fire protection system and will make the premises safer.
Checkmate Fire is one of the largest and most reputable passive fire protection companies with extensive experience working within the NHS for many decades.
Key to this strategy – in conjunction with other fire safety measures – is the use of fire-resistant compartment lines, which form barriers between the fire and the refuge points; and fire doors, which allow the passage of persons and objects through them.
Generally speaking, maintenance of the building systems and infrastructure provided for fire safety is the responsibility of the NHS TRUST.
This means the responsible person must demonstrate or confirm that items, such as fire doors, have been maintained in efficient working order and in good repair and are likely to provide the required level of fire resistance.
This can be difficult to ascertain as over time supporting documentation may have been lost or the doors may have been changed from their original specification.
Competency of individuals is critical for any industry involved with life safety, and fire protection is no exception.
Competency, as defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and HTM 05-02, means someone who has sufficient training, experience or knowledge and other qualities to properly assist in undertaking the preventative and protective measures.
In healthcare premises, certain departments have a key role in maintaining protective measures and it should be ensured that personnel have the necessary knowledge through appropriate training and/or certification of individuals within the team.