Passive Fire Protection
At Pro.Tek Interiors, we provide a comprehensive range of fire doors and passive systems, supported by design and maintenance services to ensure that the fire resistance rating of the construction and the system is maintained.
What is passive fire protection?
Passive fire protection is the name for the fire safety measures and features that are integrated into the constructional fabric of a building. It’s different to active fire protection, which covers things like smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinkler systems.
While active fire protection can help put a fire out, passive fire protection is exceptionally important to ensure that the risk of fire breaking out and spreading is minimised, protecting the people and property within a building.
Benefits of passive fire protection
Passive fire protection is vital to the design of any building, because it offers protection by:
Giving people more time to get out in the event of a fire
Ensuring there are safe places for people to escape from a fire.
Making the structure more fire-resistant.
Protecting a building against the effects of fire, maintaining its serviceability and minimising rebuild costs.
Reducing opportunities for fire to spread, thus protecting your assets.
Limiting the movement of flame and smoke.
Minimising the danger of fire causing building collapse or structural failure.
Where are passive systems used?
Passive fire protection systems are used wherever services such as pipes, ducts or cables penetrate a fire rated barrier – in other words, in floors, walls and ceilings. In these situations, the system needs to be sealed in a way that maintains the fire resistance level or rating of the wall, floor or ceiling.
Passive fire protection products and systems are therefore used to close off gaps in walls and floors, around cables, pipes and ducts, and in control joints. When installed correctly, passive fire protection ensures the fire resistance integrity and insulation of the building is protected.
What kinds of passive fire protection products and systems are available?
There are many different kinds of passive fire protection products and systems available, suitable for every kind of building. As part of our fire risk assessment service we can advise you on the right products and brands necessary to deliver the most effective passive fire protection to your building or premises. These products include the following: