As we head into summer, it is crucial to ensure that our fire protection systems are updated and ready for action, in case they are needed, Summer is the time when fires are most likely to occur, mainly due to the rise in temperature.
Fires can have a devastating impact on business and cause a great deal of harm to infrastructure. As such the importance of fire protection is undeniable. By adhering to standard fire protection regulations and updating passive and active fire protection systems in your establishment, you can save lives and protect what matters to you most.
Two of the most crucial components for fire protection is your active and passive fire protection systems.
Active Fire Protection (AFP) comprises of systems that require an action or motion in order to work efficiently in the event of a fire. Actions may be manually operated, like a fire extinguisher or automatic, like a sprinkler, but either way they are systems that come into action when there is a fire present. AFP measures are taken in order to prevent fire from spreading further.
Passive fire protection (PFP) systems on the other hand are an integral component of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. PFP materials used in your structure such as metal, concrete or plastics etc., attempt to contain fires or slow the spread, such as by fire-resistant walls, floors and doors.
For a structure to be safe and prepared in case of a fire, passive fire protection requirements are equally as important as active fire protection systems. Without the application of passive fire protection systems, no fire protection system is complete.