Business Advice: Active Vs Passive Fire Protection If you have been tasked with building a fire safety plan for your business, you will naturally look into fire extinguishers and fire alarms, being the first products that spring to mind. However, in reality, there is much more to consider when it comes to fire protection, with systems categorised into Active Fire Protection (AFP) and Passive Fire Protection (PFT).
Below, we take a look at each category, what systems they cover and which are best to invest in for your business.
Active Fire Protection
As the name would suggest, any fire protection device or practice that comes under the ‘active’ umbrella requires some sort of motion or action in order to be used.
Actions can be manually operated such as turning on fire extinguishers or turned on automatically like sprinkler systems. Either way, there is some sort of action required.
Though all different in their approach, these systems are used to either extinguish or control a fire, working hard to prevent a domino effect and limiting the damage caused. Services and products regarded as ‘active’ include:
- Fire alarms
- Smoke alarms
- Fire extinguishers
- Sprinkler systems
Passive Fire Protection
Passive Fire Protection refers to a group of systems that compartmentalise a building through the use of fire-resistance walls, doors and floors. The aim of these systems is to stop the spreading of fire, stopping it in its tracks and ensuring occupants can escape with ease. Passive fire protection systems are usually integrated into the building itself, not needed to be activated in any way. However, much like active fire protection systems, they are intended to help preserve life and to reduce the spread of fire. Bespoke fire safety plans with Twenty4 Here at Twenty4, we are proud to be helping the businesses of South Wales and beyond, providing tailored fire safety support to protect their business, staff, visitors and premises.
And, in our opinion, utilising both active and passive systems is essential; systems that work together to ensure optimal protection. Understanding your fire safety needs
Unsure of what your fire safety needs are?
If so, book in your fire risk assessment with our team today. A Fire Risk Assessment will outline your property’s fire safety risks, the people at risk and define how best to reduce the risk of a fire. Not only are these assessments successful in educating businesses on their fire safety needs but they are also a legal obligation, with most businesses having to conduct and record the findings of their risk assessment every year, by law.
Why choose Twenty4?
Here at Twenty4, we boast decades of experience in the fire and security industry, working to the best industry standards and requirements. This has led us to become an accredited organisation, allowing us to work with businesses of all shapes and sizes.
For more information on our fire safety services and solutions, contact us today.