The purpose of Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is to maximise the time available to evacuate a property, and or prevent a fire from taking hold in the first place
Passive fire protection is a term that relates to practices and products. It refers to materials built into the structures of buildings that surround us which are intended to slow and or prevent the spread of fire.
UK Passive Fire Solutions offer PFP to existing and new clients to ensure their property meets current regulations, protects the property and person or persons who work/live or stay within a building.
The common factor is that passive fire protection is universally intended to delay and or stop the spread of fire whether from item to item, or room to room.
Passive Fire Protection Requires no activation
The same can be said for fire rated glass and plasterboard. These materials are designed to be inherently fire resistant until the point when they eventually give way to the fire, or the fire is extinguished.
Once the intumescent material has fully activated, crushing a pipe or filling a void, the expanded product re-instates the fire barrier and stops flames or smoke from passing through.
Compartmentalisation is a frequently used and is a core principle of PFP. An example of compartmentalisation would be the installation of (minimum) 30 minute fire rated barriers separating each distinctive area throughout a property and enables people to exit the building safely and minimises any damage to the property.
A common sign of compartmentalisation is a fire door. Fire doors should be rated to a minimum of 30 minutes fire resistance and are designed to completely seal off a doorway to prevent flames and smoke from passing through.
Any penetrations made in walls, floors or ceilings can become conduits through which fire can spread. Intumescent products are used to surround holes made in any fire resistant surfaces and seal them in the event of a fire maintaining compartmentalisation.
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