Passive Fire Protection
What is Passive fire protection?Passive fire protection is a barrier or shield, stopping the spread of fire from one area to another.
Unlike Active fire protection products such as sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire extinguishers & fire hoses which become active in the event of fire, passive fire products remain non active.
An example of passive fire is a “Firewall” or “Fire-Cell”. This is a fire rated barrier or room, usually with a specific time allocated to fire containment. It is designed to perform that exact task: contain the fire from spreading.
As part of this Fire rated room, there will be various forms of penetrations, from door openings, possibly windows, power points, switches, lighting, HVAC, plumbing - the list goes on.
All of these compromise the ability of the fire integrity of the room.
These penetrations need to be filled with passive fire products, such as fire doors & glass both with suitable fire rated frames and hardware.
Power points, lights, and switches are also required to be suitably fire rated.
Dangerous concerns in New Zealand!
The area most over looked, as confirmed in the recent FPANZ research report 2008, is the pipe and cable penetrations associated with the supply of power, data, water & waste-water.
As most of these are hidden in cabinets and in ceiling voids, it is vital these penetration seals are installed correctly with the appropriate products sustaining the life of the building. Pipes and cables will burn and melt in a fire leaving a hole that creates a chimney effect, causing fire and smoke to spread rapidly to the next room.
Please read Passive Fire Protection Frequently Asked Questions
If these penetrations are not sealed correctly, buildings, property and assets will be destroyed. But most concerning is people will die! Don't let it happen, contact experts today.