In designing the fire protection design of your building facilities, our fire protection and mechanical engineers can attest that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This means that the most effective plan for your fire protection should include these three critical criteria:
Fire protection design can either be active or passive. In active fire protection, the first two items sans the third are addressed explicitly through the presence of smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, exit signs, building pressurization and evacuation plans. Any time that the fire hazards start on your building premises, active fire protection has two functions: aid in the evacuation of the building occupants, all while detecting, suppressing, and extinguishing the fire.
The only thing that active fire protection doesn’t address is the third item: containment. This is very critical and should not be treated as a lesser priority since more than the fire itself, the leading cause of death from fire hazards is the wide spread of smoke and toxic gases. Despite being designed as passive fire protection, fire smoke dampers play a critical role in saving lives through prevention of smoke passage on HVAC systems and fire compartmentalization.
Our skilled engineers list some of the functionalities that you can get when you compartmentalize fire and smoke, such as:
- Complement and strengthen the efficiency of active fire protection systems
- Minimize damage on own property and adjacent structures
- Facilitate clear path for occupant evacuation
- Maximize the effectiveness of fire-rated walls and partitions
In a nutshell, compartmentalizing fire and smoke yields you more advantages than if you lack the fire smoke dampers in the first place. What fire smoke dampers can do for you is to strengthen the integrity of your fire-rated barriers, since these shaft penetrations can often interface with your HVAC systems—effectively negating the purpose of fire protection if fire smoke dampers are absent. This is the sole reason why it isn’t enough that you design for passive fire protection alone. Our engineers can deliver efficient solutions to your conundrum by effectively using our engineering expertise in the location, installation and application of fire smoke dampers.