The fire safety system consists of the building’s current system, fire suppressants, and fire alarm systems. You must ensure the fire system inspection happens regularly for all the things to be in the right place in top-notch condition. It helps you ensure the safety of both the residential and commercial buildings.
It is not just the need but also in the laws. It is essential to stipulate protocols that every commercial and residential building owner must meet all the conditions for a properly equipped facility. Fire protection requires installing and utilizing operational and structural systems to reduce fire’s effect on the property and people. There are two main categories for fire protection.
Passive Protection of Fire
Passive fire protection is the use of building mechanisms to limit or control fire. It includes floors, ceilings, and walls to be constructed and designed in a way they don’t allow the fire and smoke to spread. A wall is compartmentalized into several parts to minimize the standard fires. It is important to note that compartmentalization of the floor, ceiling, and wall is not enough. You need other things to prevent fire and suppress it.
While buying a property, you can take a fire system inspection service. As a property manager or owner, you must ensure the protection of the building from any fire hazard. You can also ensure that the penetration is guarded as per the code and get it rated through fire system inspection.
Walls and doors
Fire-rated walls and related fire doors are typically used in the compartmentation system. The objective of these walls and doors is to avoid the passage of fire in a horizontal direction. The fire rating of the wall ensures the protection from the fire spread for 20 minutes to several hours, depending on the quality.
The door would prevent the fire from spreading and won’t function properly if it is blocked or difficult to operate. Commonly, these include fire partitions and firewalls, smoke barriers, party walls, etc.
The other is the fire-resistant floor and ceiling. It is designed to create a horizontal barrier that serves as a block to prevent fire spread. It is sometimes made of a protected steel wall, concrete slab, or a combination of both.
In old, high-rise commercial buildings, it depends on the compartmentation as the main system of fire protection. Even with all this, your building needs active protection.
Active Fire Protection
Active Fire protection involves taking direct physical activity to minimize the rate of fire spread. This includes fire systems such as fire sprinklers or smoke control systems.
These systems are triggered manually or automatically so as to function at the time of the hazard. You must go for a fire system inspection at least once a year to ensure these systems are functioning at the right time. The inspection report will help you align a professional to inspect it and repair or replace them for active fire protection.
The active fire protection includes the installation and maintenance of the fire alarm system. It would detect any sign or presence of smoke or fire before sounding an alarm or activating suppressants such as fire sprinklers. It is necessary to get these systems checked regularly by a reputated fire system inspection company.