Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is a term used to describe the parts of a building or structure that provide a barrier to fire, containing and slowing the rate at which it spreads. This is achieved by creating fire-resistant walls, floors and doors.
By creating a fire-resistant compartment between rooms and floors, PFP greatly slows the spread of the fire from the room where it originated. As a result, the building’s occupants are given more time to evacuate the building and reach a place of safety. In addition, the amount of damage that the building sustains is dramatically reduced.
The reason that PFP is given its name is that it does not typically require any motion, or to be activated by electronics. There are some exceptions to this, however, such as AOV’s, fire door closers, and fire dampers.
PFP is an integral part of the components of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. PFP systems must comply with BS 476 & BS EN 1364 standards, as well as building regulations.
The most important goal of PFP is identical to that of all fire protection: life safety. This is mainly accomplished by maintaining structural integrity for a given length of time during the life of a fire (normally 30, 60, or 90 minutes) and limiting the spread of fire and the effects thereof (e.g. flames, heat, and smoke). Property protection and continuity of operations are usually secondary objectives.
AFC Fire can provide you with a comprehensive survey to ensure that your passive fire protection has not been compromised. Some of the main areas our detailed surveys cover are:
- fire stopping of mechanical and electrical services
- fire curtains
- the use of Expanding Fire Stopping Foams
- riser cupboards
- escape routes and stairways
- roof voids
- floor and wall coatings
Following the survey, you will receive a full report, with photos, detailing any issues noted during the survey.
To book a Passive Fire Protection Survey with AFC Fire & Security, simply call 0203-143-4754, or 0777-900-5709, or click on the Get In Touch button below, and leave the rest to us! And, for additional compliance, and peace of mind, ensure you request a NAFDI fire door inspection certificate with your fire door inspection report.
A Fire Risk Assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire, and the consequences if one were to occur.
A comprehensive Fire Safety Training Course at your own premises, which enables you to meet your legal obligations, and to protect staff and property under current Fire Safety Regulations.
Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. These are usually linked by fire doors, allowing the flow of traffic around the building.