With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it’s no surprise that the holidays are officially here. From the preparation of meals to the hanging of holiday lights and decorations, this time of year is notorious for accidental fires. Therefore, making sure that your property is prepared for a fire emergency can only ensure that the integrity of your building as well as the lives of those who occupy it are safe. That’s why we want to remind you of the importance of maintaining your facility’s Passive Fire Protection Systems and how they can help protect your building and its occupants during a fire emergency.
Passive Fire Protection Systems do not require any action or motion in order to work. Each system works together and has been designed to protect the building and its occupants in the event of a fire. A Passive Fire Protection System includes fire doors, fire and smoke dampers, and firestopping as well as photoluminescent egress path marking system and exit signs.
Fire doors, if kept shut, help contain fire to one specific location of the building, while also providing an easy egress. Fire and smoke dampers prevent the spread of flames and smoke through the ductwork of a facility. Firestopping is the maintenance of fire-rated walls/barriers, which prevent the spread of fire and smoke through the building. Photoluminescent egress path marking systems will continue to glow up to 48 hours in smoky or blackout conditions. This allows for building occupants to safely navigate their way out of danger.
Ultimately these systems compartmentalize a building into sections to contain and slow the spread of the fire and smoke, while helping to guide occupants safely out of danger. But in order for these systems to do their job, they must be properly maintained. And whether you are in a healthcare facility, industrial, educational or a commercial facility, it is important to the integrity of the building and the safety of its occupants to make sure your building’s Passive Fire Protection Systems are regularly maintained.