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Active and Passive Fire Protection Explained

Whether a building is commercial or residential, fire protection is a crucial component. There are many more behind-the-scenes fire safety precautions than just the more obvious ones like fire alarms and extinguishers. When installing fire protection in a building, these fire safety precautions are occasionally overlooked, but they are essential to protecting the building’s contents and occupants. Both active and passive fire protection measures cooperate to stop the spread of fire, but what distinguishes them from one another? How ought they be set up? Which fire safety precautions are appropriate for your property?

Active Fire Protection

In a nutshell, active fire protection necessitates a response in order to function. An automatic device, such as a fire alarm, or a manual one, such as a fire extinguisher, can perform this action. A sprinkler system or alarm may be started or activated due to this action. Active fire protection seeks to aid in the suppression of a fire and alert residents to evacuate the structure.

Examples Of Active Fire Protection

Dry Risers. Allows the fire service to pump water to different building levels in the event of a fire.
Automatic Opening Vents. This lets out smoke and heat out of a building should a fire occur.
Sprinkler System. A device that sprays water, gas, and foam in the event of a fire.
Fire Alarm Systems. Detects fires early on and informs everybody in the building to leave with a noise.

Passive Fire Protection

Contrary to what its name might imply, passive fire protection is always active and doesn’t require emergency action. Because passive protection is sometimes hidden in buildings, this fire safety precaution is frequently disregarded. It is typical for passive fire protection to be structural or built into a structure. It aids in containing a fire, giving more time for it to be put out before causing more damage and allowing people to leave the building.

Passive Fire Protection Examples

Fire Doors. Slows the spread of fire and smoke down throughout a building, providing more evacuation time for the people inside.
Fire Stopping. It helps walls, floors, and ceilings to slow the spread of fire and keep it contained in one place.
Fire Curtains. This is an alternative to fire doors. It helps prevent a fire from spreading.

RAD Fire Sprinkler Systems

Our home fire sprinkler systems are installed in compliance with all applicable laws, including BS9251. Since 2001, the team at RAD Fire Sprinklers have been installing home fire sprinkler systems with the correct fire protection. We have developed all the skills necessary to ensure an impeccable installation. For more information, or to receive a quote, fill in our form here. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything we do!

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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