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Why Are Fire Doors Important?

Why Are Fire Doors Important?

The Vital Role Fire Doors Play in Passive Fire Protection

Every business owner is aware that they have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment for visitors and clients. This includes fire prevention and the installation of passive fire protection. Should a fire break out, internal fire doors play a vital role in stopping the spread of flames and smoke for a minimum of 30 minutes. This allows time for a safe evacuation of the building.

Why are fire doors important? The simple answer is that they save lives.

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How is Fire Protection Different From Fire Prevention and Suppression?

How is Fire Protection Different From Fire Prevention and Suppression?

In order to have in place a comprehensive strategy in the event of fire, buildings require fire protection, fire suppression and fire prevention components in place. Each of these terms describe a discrete function which, when combined, minimise the risk of harm to people, plant and building structure. In this blog the Wallace fire protection team considers the contribution each system makes in the process of safeguarding against fire.

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Choosing Between Intumescent or Cementitious Fire Protection

Choosing Between Intumescent or Cementitious Fire Protection

Whilst many business decisions carry a high level of risk, choosing the wrong kind of fire protection can be fatal. Being able to access specialist guidance and advice on which products are most appropriate for your needs is, therefore, vital. In this blog we take a look at two kinds of fire protection used by industry, infrastructure projects and commercial businesses: intumescent paint and cementitious coating.

Wallace Fire Protection provides passive fire protection to utilities, construction and power generation industries. It’s our job to ensure that the structural elements of a building or structure are protected in the event of a fire, or explosion. This protects lives, maintains plant operation and facilitates a quick return to business. Choosing between intumescent or cementitious fire protection is, therefore, integral to what we do.

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Passive Fire Protection in High-Rise Buildings

Passive Fire Protection in High-Rise Buildings

Passive Fire Protection in High-Rise Buildings

The spectre of the Grenfell fire disaster back in June 2017 requires that we shine a spotlight on the ways in which we protect the lives of residents living in high-rise buildings. The ongoing inquiry into the disaster has also highlighted need for us to learn urgent lessons from this tragedy. These should then be applied to how we construct tower blocks for future use, and protect those living in existing high rise buildings.

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The Difference Between Active and Passive Fire Protection

The Difference Between Active and Passive Fire Protection

The Difference Between Active and Passive Fire Protection

For most people fire protection means fire extinguishers or fire alarms. These, however, are the most visible elements of fire protection, whilst being just a small part of any comprehensive fire protection solution. There are two components that make up fire protection; active and passive. The difference between active and passive fire protection has nothing to do with which is more important. Both are vital to saving lives.

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4 Secondary Effects Fire Can Have on Your Business

4 Secondary Effects Fire Can Have on Your Business

4 Secondary Effects Fire Can Have on Your Business

The very thought of a fire in a business setting is terrifying. Our imagination goes to the evacuation of employees, or the loud arrival of the fire service as flames show through the windows. This, alongside damage to the building and business content, is the immediate impact a fire can have. Devastating as it may be, however, it represents the beginning and not the end of a fire’s consequences.

As fire protection specialists, Wallace goal is to mitigate effectively against a whole range of risks to business. Our job is to ensure that fire protection materials contain the fire, provide safe evacuation, and safeguard the future of the building and the business. In this blog we look at 4 secondary effects fire can have on your business, if fire protection mitigation has not taken place.

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Firestopping

Firestopping

Why Firestopping is Crucial

The design of commercial and industrial buildings is now required to take into account fire protection measures, both active and passive. Active fire protection includes systems that are activated in the case of fire – such as sprinklers, or extinguishers. Passive fire protection is part of the structural design, and its purpose is to contain the fire and manage its impact for up to 4 hours.

Passive fire protection materials include; fire protection barriers, fire and blast panels, intumescent paint, and firestopping, or penetration sealing. The goal of fire protection is threefold:

  1. Provide time and evacuation routes for the safe passage of employees from the building.
  2. Protect critical plant and maintain the structural integrity of the building.
  3. Allow fire fighters access to the source of the fire.

In this blog, we shall look at the crucial role firestopping plays in fire protection.

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Structural Fire Protection

Structural Fire Protection

Structural Fire Protection for Steel Frame Buildings

Over recent decades the UK has seen sharp growth in the popularity of steel frame construction. Steel provides a range of benefits to both architects and the construction industry. These include a reduced build schedule, leading to enhanced cost-effectiveness, and increased design flexibility. The fact that 70% of multi-storey buildings are now constructed using steel, underlines the impact steel frame buildings are having across the UK.

Wallace Fire Protection designers and installers regularly create structural fire protection for steel frame buildings. No matter the complexity, or function of the building, our standard is always the same. Fire protection is required to guarantee that, in the event of a fire, the structural integrity of the building will be maintained until all occupants have evacuated, and fire containment measures are on site and operational.

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Fire Protection is a Balance of Active and Passive Components

Fire Protection is a Balance of Active and Passive Components

Fire Protection is a Balance of Active and Passive Components

The test of a building’s fire protection design is ultimately its performance in case of a fire. You would expect that occupants of the building are able to evacuate safely, that the spread of fumes or flames is effectively minimised, and that fire teams are able to access the premises safely. Effective fire protection is a blend of both passive and active components, with the design tailored to a specific building, and its usage.

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UK Fire Door Regulations

UK Fire Door Regulations

UK Fire Door Regulations

Keeping people safe in a fire emergency requires passive fire protection to do its job effectively. This means that compartmentalisation contains the fire within a specific area of the building. Fire stopping arrests the spread of smoke or toxic fumes. Finally, the structure of the building is protected against collapse as a result of extreme temperatures. Passive fire protection provides a guaranteed period in which people can evacuate the building safely.

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