Active And Passive Fire Protection: What’s The Difference?

Winter has finally arrived and now is as good a time as ever to make sure your fire protection system is working properly. Everyone knows that colder weather is responsible for increased fire risks.

For maximum protection, it is advised to install both active fire protection and passive fire protection in your building and that they function properly.

Active and passive fire protection solutions aren’t supposed to work in place of the other, but together during a fire. Since there’s still a lot of confusion around the subject, we’ve decided to clear up some of the differences between active and passive fire protection systems.

Active Fire Protection

The word ACTIVE indicates that some level of action is required for this system to function efficiently during a fire. These actions might be manual (fire extinguisher) or automatic (sprinkler system). Fire extinguishers and sprinklers help to slow down the fire until help arrives. When smoke or fire is detected in a building the alarm will alert everyone inside and immediately start to actively work towards slowing down the fire. Once the fire department arrives, they will use fire hoses to put out the remainder of the fire.

Passive Fire Protection

As the name indicates, this system is more passive. A group of systems is used throughout the building which will stop the fire from spreading fast to allow for occupants to evacuate safely. Fire curtains help to sectionalise the building while an intumescent paint coating forms an insulated barrier between one area and the next.

As you can see, both fire protection systems are needed to offer maximum protection against fire. FSD offers various fire safety solutions that are high-quality and affordable.

Every business is unique and so are their fire protection system requirements. Feel free to get in touch with the team at FSD to book an assessment for your business.