Safeguarding the retail business premises from fire should be a high priority for any business owner, as the eruption of a fire could not only be catastrophic for the business itself but could also put the lives of employees and customers at risk. They say the best way to fight a fire is to ensure that it doesn’t even start, But this is easier said than done. Passive fire protection (PFP) may be the measure of fire security in retail spaces that saves business premises from burning to the ground or it could even save lives.
You will find 2 kinds of fire protection: passive and active. Active protection takes the type of more widely known fire suppressants such as fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and fire detection systems, that intentionally seek to identify and fight fire should it break out. On the other hand, Passive fire protection systems, are constantly working, instead of being forced to be activated in order to accomplish their role as a fire suppressant.
Passive fire protection is concerned much more with the design of the building itself to slow down as well as contain the spread of fire. The primary purpose of passive fire protection is to give anyone in the premise sufficient time to evacuate safely, as well as to prevent the rapid spread of fire throughout the building, limiting the amount of damage.
How does passive fire protection work?
Passive fire protection systems work by compartmentalizing places of the building with barriers to be able to keep smoke and fire enclosed in that area should there be a fire outbreak. This is accomplished by ensuring each ‘compartment’ of the building is basically a sealed unit, utilizing fire doors and windows, as well as reinforced walls to contain smoke and fire.
All aspects of the building must be considered to be able to guarantee passive fire protection is effective; there is no point in having a fire door if the fire can spread through the windows after all. Fire-stopping materials must be utilized on walls, with windows and fire doors installed ensuring every compartment is effectively sealed. The primary goal of this procedure is to make certain that all occupants of the building have a safe evacuation route in the situation of a fire.
What are the Benefits of Passive Fire Protection?
The most apparent benefit of installing passive fire protection is that employees and customers in your retail store in the event of a fire is given additional time to safely evacuate the premises; taking the precaution now to secure your building may prove vital to saving lives and loss prevention if a fire would actually occur. Passive Fire Protection ensures employees and customers can get to safety and give time for the fire services to arrive to safely tackle the fire without it spreading significantly. PFP will continue to slow down the spread of fire, smoke, and hot gases while fire brigade goes into the building and tackle the blaze. Hence, passive fire protection could save your retail store, customers, employees as well as the firefighters’ lives.
PFP is required in all buildings to contain,
Combining passive fire protection systems with active fire protection systems is an excellent way of ensuring your retail business is compartmentalize and restrict the spread of fire. Passive fire protection is one of the three components of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. Fire resistant doors, walls, floors and other elements of a building’s structure will slow down the spread of fire.
It is crucial that retail store fire protection system and building regulations are adhered to.competently protected against the outbreak of fire. FCF Fire & Electrical Darwin can provide maintenance and servicing of fire safety systems and equipment, fire risk assessments to analyse the hazards in your retail store. We also offer detection systems, fire extinguishers, exit and emergency lighting with 5-year exit light warranty, online fire training courses, hydrant testing, RCD testing, electrical works and many more. Contact us today for more information and we’ll be happy to assist you.