Fire Compartmentation is a crucial component of Passive Fire Protection. No matter the size of the building, Fire Compartmentation can help keep occupants and residents safe. We will explain what Fire Compartmentation involves and why you should consider arranging a Fire Compartmentation Identification and Condition survey.
How does Fire Compartmentation work?
In some ways, Fire Compartmentation is quite self-explanatory. It refers to the process of dividing a building into smaller sections – or compartments – that are designed to contain the spread of fire, smoke and toxic gases within a specific area.
Fire can spread quickly through open spaces, causing extensive damage to the property and endangering the lives of the occupants. Fire Compartmentation provides a barrier that slows down the spread of fire, giving occupants more time to evacuate safely and for the fire department to arrive and control the fire.
In addition to preventing the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, Fire Compartmentation also helps to protect the building’s structure. When a fire breaks out, the heat can weaken the structure of the building, making it unstable and potentially causing it to collapse. Fire Compartmentation ensures that the fire is contained within a specific area, reducing the risk of structural damage.
Why your business needs a Fire Compartmentation survey
Fire Compartmentation is essential in buildings where people sleep – for example, care homes, hotels, and apartment buildings.
To ensure that your building adheres to fire safety regulations, you’ll need a Fire Compartmentation survey. This is an in-depth examination of the building’s Fire Compartmentation Features. It will look at the building’s construction, the materials used, and the features that are in place to prevent the spread of fire. Effective compartments use Passive Fire Protection methods, such as certified fire doors, walls, ceilings, and floors, in conjunction with active fire protection systems — for example, fire and smoke dampers.
A qualified fire protection engineer or fire safety professional will conduct the Fire Compartmentation survey to determine if you need to improve your protection measures. Only a trained surveyor with the appropriate qualifications should complete this type of survey. In addition to their adequate training in fire safety, they will require a solid understanding of construction.
When do you need a Fire Compartmentation survey?
Usually, a Fire Compartmentation survey will follow from a Fire Risk Assessment if the fire protection professional carrying out your assessment concludes that a more in-depth look is necessary to ensure your Compartmentation meets fire safety regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in serious consequences, such as fines, legal action, and even closure of the business.
By arranging regular Fire Risk Assessments, you can help make sure your building’s fire safety measures are up to scratch. It should be noted that Fire Compartmentation is an effective protection measure. However, the best results are seen when paired with other fire safety solutions.
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