When it comes to fire protection, you might hear the word passive and think it means waiting for a fire emergency to happen and waiting to respond. That’s not the case at all. Passive fire protection describes a system that is woven into the overall safety network of commercial office buildings and railway stations. Read on to learn more about the basics of understanding passive fire protection.
Passive versus Active
Every time you want into a commercial building, you are likely surrounded by passive fire protection. These systems include features like fire-resistant walls, flooring, and doors as well as fire-resistant glass, fire dampers, cable coating, occupancy separations, and other features. Depending on building requirements, they can be made from various materials. These features are considered passive fire protection because they are always working. You’ll never need to turn on or engage a fire-resistant wall, glass, or flooring in case of an emergency. On the opposite end, active fire protection is added after the building has been constructed and are not considered as part of the building itself.
The Role of Passive Protection
Passive fire protection does not work to actually extinguish fires itself. Instead, it works to contain fires to a designated area and keep the flames from spreading further throughout the building. The system does this by essentially turning each area into its own sealed unit. This type of compartmentalization helps the blaze burn itself out in many cases, giving people much greater chances of safely escaping the building.
Passive fire protection components are tested by the time it takes to perform their specified duties. Most large commercial settings require the system to contain fires for up to 240 minutes. Stability systems must be able to fulfill any load-bearing element for the requested time. Integrity systems must prevent fire, smoke, and even dangerous gases from speaking throughout the space for the specified amount of time. Finally, insulation systems work to keep the temperature of the exposed side at a specific limit for a specified amount of time.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
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