Understanding the Role of Intumescent Coatings in Passive Fire Protection

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The Importance of Passive Fire Protection In recent years, fire safety has become a top priority for commercial and residential buildings. One critical aspect of fire safety is passive fire protection, which helps to contain fires, limit their spread, and ensure occupants have time to evacuate. In this article, we will examine intumescent coatings and […]

What is a passive fire protection system?

A passive fire protection (PFP) system comprises technologies that compartmentalise a building or space. Adequate passive fire protection is executed through fire-resistant installations consisting of fireproof doors, walls, ceilings and floors.

Another big part of passive fire protection is sealing the gaps between fireproofing structural components such as windows, doors, floors, ceilings and structural beams. This assists in slowing down the spread of fire and retarding the damage caused by both extreme temperatures and smoke.

PFP’s ultimate goal is to limit and slow any structural fire, which in turn allows occupants of the structure more time to evacuate.

Top Ten Ways to protect my business from fire? January 2023

The best way to protect your business from fire, is to conduct a comprehensive fire safety survey of the premises. Once the audit has been completed, a fire safety protocol can be drawn up and passive and active fire protection measures initiated.

There are also things that can be done internally prior to an inspection. Below are our top ten tips on how to ensure your business is protected from fire.

The Basics of Passive Fire Protection

The very thought of a fire breaking out in your building is enough to make anyone panic. Fire can cause devastation beyond repair, and whilst facility professionals will do all they can to ensure a fire doesn’t have the opportunity to break out in the first place, the next step is minimising the spread.

Many will be familiar with the basics of fire suppression. This includes the installation of things like sprinklers, fire extinguishers and fire blankets. We often note these when entering a building or room. Passive fire protection, however, is pretty much invisible and forgotten by many. Until there comes a time when your building could really depend on it.