Ensuring that your building is up to fire safety standards is critical for your employees, business, and general security. Did you know that the building design is just as crucial to your fire safety plan as the inclusion of sprinkler systems and exit routes? To ensure that fire safety is the main priority, there is a range of government regulations for fire safety. When designing your next building space, you must ensure that you are entirely up to code on these as you may find yourself in legal and financial trouble otherwise.
Working With Modern Building Designs
Paying attention to fire safety when designing is a vital step to which architects and designers must adhere. As building designers push the boundaries of what buildings can look like, they must be sure to continue to follow regulations. Factors include straightforward considerations like how smoke moves, as well as more conceptual problems, like how people will react. Depending on your sector you may also need to take into account how any hazardous and dangerous materials inside can affect or be affected by open flames and heat.
Steel and Concrete
You might think that a steel and concrete building is resistant to fire, but this isn’t the case. When timber within a structure catches fire, and the temperatures rise substantially, concrete becomes susceptible to damage. With high internal temperatures, steel can lose its strength and begin to buckle. When these two materials feel the effects of fire, the entire structure can collapse.
Fire Retardant and Intumescent Paint
One way to help improve a building’s fire safety standards is by ensuring the use of fire retardant or Intumescent paint. Fire retardant paint can be used on timber and increase fire protection for up to 60 minutes. Intumescent paint can be used on steel to protect it for 120 minutes. Neither will full prevent the growth of a fire, but it can help slow it long enough for those inside to escape and for first responders to arrive.
Questions? Biles Fire Protection is Here to Help
If you need more residential fire prevention tips, the trained professionals at Biles FPS are here to help you. We have the equipment and expertise to install sprinkler systems for the best prices. We are known for our superb customer service and reliable support; just ask our customers! Call us with your questions at 443-701-8330 or visit us online. For more tips, information, and to see what we have been up to, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.