Trying to do fire protection on the ‘cheap’ might seem like a good idea for your commercial building or industrial facility, but the costs associated with this, should a fire ever break out, is far more than any business would like to contemplate.
We all like to think it won’t happen to us, but it does, and you never know when it will be your building that collapses in flames. Not only will you have nothing left of your building, repairs will be impossible if the building has completely collapsed, but you could well be responsible for the loss of life and injuries of staff.
Many small businesses tend to take active and passive fire protection a little too lightly for their own good. It’s unfortunate but true, many small to medium businesses never recover from the effects of a devastating fire!
Whether it’s a one storey or 100 storey building, both active and passive fire protection is essential.
Making the investment in quality active and passive fire products and solutions not only protects life and property, it also contributes to lowering insurance premiums, which, in the long term, more than make up for implementing a sound fire detection and suppression system in the first place.
Today, even Heritage Buildings can be fitted with fire alarms that in no way cause damage to the structure, which is done by using cutting-edge wireless alarms that take very little time to install.
Fire protection for commercial and industrial buildings has come a long way in the last century, yet, there are still devastating fires that break out in heavily occupied, often high-rise buildings, all of which could be avoided by having the right fire protection in place to start with.
The best fire protection should involve all three components listed here:
- Passive fire protection products
Passive fire protection products are used during the construction of commercial and industrial buildings mainly to lie dormant until a fire breaks out. This would include products like intumescent coatings, compartmentalisation, fire doors, walls and ceilings.
Passive fire protection includes products such as intumescent steel coatings for the structural steel of the building, Cavity Barrier Curtains or Auto-Drop down Fire Curtains and intumescent coatings for electrical wires, which when used in the right combination offer superior fire suppression.
Passive Fire Protection (PFP) elements work to give staff time to extinguish fires with fire extinguishers, as well as to activate fire sprinklers if the fire is not too big to manage without the fire department.
- Active Fire Protection Products
Active Fire Protection Products (AFP) means what it stands for; someone has to take action for AFP to work, whether it’s through the use of automatic sprinklers, room flooding or fire extinguishers.
- Fire Detection Products
The first thing you need, for any of the two systems mentioned above to work effectively, is to have quality fire detection products in place. These range from Addressable Fire Control Panels, Addressable Manual Call Points and Addressable Sound Beacons, to name a few.
On the Conventional side of AFP, you would be looking at more conventional methods of fire detection such as manual call points, smoke detectors and sound beacons.
There are also specialised fire detection products on the market today, such as Ziton Wireless Detection, which is one of the most affordable ways of retrofitting any building, without incurring major downtime.
FSD has a full range of cutting-edge, innovative active and passive fire protection products and solutions available to customers in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Contact the expert team at FSD for in-depth information that will ensure the fire safety of your commercial building or industrial facility.
With over 30 years’ worth of experience on hand, this team will make sure that the investment you make will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done the best you can in terms of fire protection.