Differences Between Active and Passive Fire Protection

Date: May 3, 2019 Author: durasystems Categories: Passive Fire Protection
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Many people believe that all fire prevention solutions are the same. In reality, there are two main types: active and passive fire protection. If you’re looking for a way to improve the protection at your company, take time to learn the differences between the two. Not only will you learn what they are but also have a much better idea as to the kind of system improvements you have available.

Active Vs. Passive Fire Protection System

Remember, along with the knowledge you gain about passive and active fire protection systems, you can always turn to a reputable company for assistance. A company representative can assess your needs and recommend the appropriate solution based on the findings.

Passive Fire Protection

This type of system encompasses a broad range of both practices and products. In layman’s terms, it means using fire resistant materials when constructing a building to create compartments that either slows or stops the progression of a fire. The purpose of a passive fire protection system is to contain a fire enabling the building’s active system to reduce the fire’s intensity, creating a window of time to ensure that everyone escapes the building safely and to allow first responders to arrive to extinguish the fire.

For instance, a fire barrier dividing a building in two compartments is passive fire protection.  A fire door installed in that fire barrier is also a passive fire protection system.

Active Fire Protection

In looking at an active versus passive fire protection system, active fire protection has to do with a group of systems that that when activated attempt to slow or extinguish a fire. For instance, a building’s sprinkler system that is automatically activated when a fire raises the temperature in a compartment enough to melt a fusible link activating the sprinkler system falls within this category.

Full Protection Solutions

At DuraSystems, we offer a full range of passive fire protection systems. For assistance, give us a call. We’ll gladly assess your situation and then recommend the right products accordingly. Considering how quickly a fire spreads, there’s no such thing as being too cautious.