Why Fire Protection Systems in a Building is Important for your Business?

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Why Fire Protection Systems in a Building is Important for your Business?

Posted on 04, Aug. 2023

A fire protection system is a set of technologies designed to detect a fire, report its origin, fight a fire and prevent it from spreading. There are two major types of fire protection systems:

Passive Fire Protection (PFP): A system installed in a building or provided with a design to prevent fire outbreaks. Other examples of PFP are non-combustible walls, fire protection materials, and combustible cables.

Active Fire Protection (AFP): A system that takes practical steps to extinguish fire automatically (such as when starting water sprays or a foam suppression program).

It is important to combine the benefits of both types to ensure maximum fire safety. While PFP will improve your basic security and prevent fires, AFP will work if possible.

Important Components of the Automatic Fire Protection (AFP) System:

There are good varieties of Active Fire Protection (AFP) systems, but each program should include the following basic components:

  • Alarm initiating devices such as smoke detectors or heaters detect early signs of fire and activate the system.
  • Fire notification devices such as alarms or horns alert people inside the building by accident.
  • Automatic fire suppression devices that help to stop the fire with water or chemicals. Other popular examples are fire sprayers, gas fire presses, and condensed aerosol fire suppressors.
  • Fire extinguishers, hand-held devices with cylindrical pressure containers filled with an agent such as water, foam, dry powder, etc. They are helpful in small and emergency fires and are required to be present on all floors, and easily accessible.
  • A control panel lets you manage the system, and turn it on and off.
  • A Backup power supply that keeps the fire system running even in the event of a power failure.

All of these components form a fire protection system in the building. There may also be additional equipment, such as fire curtains or a fire-rated door that enhances safety and local fire, or others such as a remote control or exit lights that improve system performance.

Smoke Protection Program

It is also important to consider a high level of the smoke control system, such as building curtains and elevators, because even if a fire is in place, smoke is still a major threat to human health.

The smoke protection system will prevent exits, allow people to exit the building safely, and help firefighters get in and out of the fire. It also protects property and equipment from damage and reduces the risk of cracking or falling from the ceiling. 

Evacuation System

It is important to protect the building from fire, but it is also necessary to help people get out quickly and safely in the event of an accident.

The exit system itself includes voice speakers, light panels, and other signaling devices that help people find their way in the event of a fire and smoke. But it is highly recommended that you complete a smoke exit plan to ensure that people can get out of the building safely.

Combining efficient and effective and efficient fire protection with smoke protection systems will ensure the highest level of safety in your building.

Choosing a Fire Protection Program

It is best to install sprinkler-based basic fire protection, but depending on the type of business and the building itself, the recommended (or required, depending on code) additional components may vary. For example, there are specific recommendations for solid spaces, atriums, open spaces, high-rise buildings, and other types of buildings.

A fire protection system in a building is a very important part of its infrastructure to keep people, goods, and essentials in an emergency. Both effective and efficient systems integrate a high level of fire safety. Also, it is important to consider smoke protection, because smoke is the first threat to human health.

At BUILDMYINFRA.com, our experts focus on advanced fire and smoke protection systems, installation, and maintenance. And we are always happy to assist you in increasing fire safety in your building.