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Understanding Passive Fire Protection

by Bappaditta Jana share market adviser

Passive fire protection (PFP) systems, despite to their name, are always at work behind the scenes if installed properly. While PFP systems are often overlooked in favour of active fire protection (AFP), they are an essential component of any fully integrated industrial fire safety management.

Corporate and building owners that recognise the importance of passive fire protection for their property will be best placed to work with industrial fire protection consultants who can design, install, inspect, maintain, and supervise a full fire protection system adapted to their requirements.

What Is Passive Fire Protection and How Does It Work?

To detect or suppress a fire, active fire protection (AFP) focuses on starting specified measures, such as activating fire sprinklers or sounding a fire alarm. Passive fire protection (PFP), on the other hand, focuses on preventing or minimising fire spread by planned compartmentalization and proactive installation of fireproof devices such as fire-resistant walls, rather than extinguishing the fire.

Passive fire protection systems in industrial fire safety management function by containing a fire at its source and stopping fire from spreading all throughout building. The purpose of an effective PFP system is to split a facility into contained fire-proof portions, with the goal of having the fire burn out within those sections. Fireproof devices are installed in PFP by the industrial fire protection consultants to avoid possible fuel sources that could worsen fire propagation. Business and building owners have a better chance of suppressing a fire if it is contained to a small area surrounded by fire-resistant assets, and building occupants have vital time to safely escape the facility. This is especially useful in healthcare settings since it gives first responders additional time to assist patients who require assistance fleeing the premises.

Examples of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Systems

Fire Doors - Fire doors from industrial fire safety management are a form of opening protection system designed to reduce or eliminate the spread of smoke and fire. The magnet will release in the event of a power outage or a fire alarm activation, forcing the door to close automatically.

Fire and Smoke Dampers - These devices are installed as per the advise of industrial fire protection consultants in HVAC units to prohibit flames from spreading from one side of a fire-rated separation to the other through duct and air transfer holes. When heat is detected, fire and smoke dampers are meant to close automatically.

Firewalls - These are a type of compartmentation PFP system that act as a fireproof barrier to help prevent the spread of fire between rooms, buildings, or structures while retaining structural integrity and fire resistance.


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