What is the Role of Passive Fire Protection?

Most people will be familiar with at least some of the apparatus of fire-fighting – extinguishers, sprinklers, water buckets – but effective fire suppression in buildings also requires measures that will minimise the spread of fire, should it occur. Passive fire protection helps ensure that general fire precautions are backed by built-in elements to restrict the growth of fire and fumes. A thorough fire risk assessment will identify requirements for passive fire protection, and assess existing measures to see if they are sufficient. Passive and Active Systems Active fire protection systems include two key elements: fire detectors and fire suppressants. Detectors will…