Three Components of Fire Protection
Fires are destructive in nature; any business or property owner will want to do whatever they can to prevent and protect against fire. But where do you start when it comes to fire protection? In today’s blog we’re going to outline the three main components to reducing the risk and the spread of fire: fire prevention, passive fire protection and active fire protection. Each component is integral to a secure fire protection system.
1. Active Fire Protection
This is perhaps the most obvious aspect of fire protection. Active fire protection is used to detect and suppress a fire:
- Detection systems come in a number of forms:
Conventional fire alarm systems are wired and often good for smaller buildings. Addressable systems are able to report and record data such as fire locations. Radio fire alarm systems are increasingly popular; they don’t have to be wired in so reduce installation costs, and avoid damaging high-spec or listed buildings. On top of this, they are now just as reliable as wired systems and indistinguishable in day to day use. Detectomat is a particularly popular radio fire alarm system.
We recently installed a hybrid system (mix of conventional and radio) into a listed building in Dawlish, Devon. Find out more here.
- Suppression systems range from portable fire extinguishers to sprinkler systems. Suppression systems are required by law and have to be maintained to be functional. There are also specific systems for specialised areas, such as the Ansul brand of kitchen suppression systems, which target hazard areas to quickly quell a fire.
If you are unsure about what active fire protection you need and where you need it, then why not get a professional to conduct a risk assessment or meet a trained professional for a consultancy. At Argos Fire we cover everything from installation to commissioning and are available throughout the South West.
2. Passive Fire Protection
The purpose of passive fire protection is to slow the spread of a fire. This includes fire doors, resistant walls and floors, and intumescent paint or coverings throughout a building.
Passive fire protection may not be conspicuous or seem like it does very much, but don’t be deceived! A properly installed fire door can prevent a fire from moving through a building quickly, certainly reducing costly damage and even saving lives.
3. Fire prevention
The main components of fire prevention are education and planning. For every commercial premises or building, it is necessary to have a responsible person conduct a fire risk assessment. However, if the employees are not trained in fire prevention, unnecessary hazards could be caused.
Fire prevention training includes operation of fire protection equipment and emergency procedures. A basic fire safety awareness course is a great way for the whole team to get a good understanding of what to do in case of a fire. On top of that, you might want to consider a fire marshal course which goes into more depth for those with more responsibility in case of a fire.
With these three aspects of fire protection in place, you can rest assured that you’re doing your best to protect your property and those inside it from a fire. For further advice, specifically tailored to your situation, then speak to one of our fire safety professionals throughout the South West of England. We cover all the bases of fire safety so can help you with whatever queries you have.