Fire Protection Systems that Every Business Needs
Fire is one of the most devastating disasters that businesses can experience. Not only does it destroy commercial structures, but it also irreversibly damages assets. Even worse, it can cause injury and loss of human life. That’s why it’s important to learn about fire protection systems, such as active and passive fire protection. With this knowledge, you can keep your business and workers safe.
Common Causes of Commercial FiresAccording to experts, these represent the five most common causes of commercial fires.
- Cooking equipment and accumulated grease inside ducts
- Lighting equipment
- Heating equipment and systems
- Smoldering cigarettes
Prevention and Protection Against Commercial FiresAside from keeping equipment clean and well-maintained, there are other ways to keep your assets and employees safe from fire. For instance, you can use both a passive fire protection system and an active fire protection system. Although these both work to battle fires, they’re unique in how they perform.
Passive Fire Protection SystemThis type of system prevents fire and smoke from spreading. For that reason, it’s highly effective in preventing the loss of assets. However, the greatest benefit of passive fire protection has to do with preventing loss of life. Here’s an example of how a passive fire protection system works. Say a fire breaks out in a storeroom. With this type of protection, you can stop the fire from spreading beyond that area. Typically, building owners have a fire protection system installed during the initial construction phase. However, you can always have a passive fire protection system installed after construction ends, due to changes in the use, or needs, of the building. Here are a just few examples:
- Floors, ceilings, and walls made of fire- resistant materials
- Fire doors
- Fire rated ventilation systems
- Smoke and fire curtains
- Fire-resistant glass partitions
Active Fire Protection SystemIn comparison, an active fire protection system consists of products and solutions that are activated manually or automatically. While a passive system works to contain a fire, an active fire protection system directly battles flames. Using the same storeroom scenario, an active system would fight the flames contained by the passive fire protection system to limit the fire’s growth. Below are some examples of an active fire protection system.
- Built-in sprinkle system
- Fire extinguisher
- Smoke detector
- Smoke exhaust systems, (eliminate smoke as opposed to an actual fire).