Fire protection is a topic you should always take seriously, especially if you are a property owner. The goal should be to make each building as safe as possible. We can help with this by providing compartmentation surveys. These inspections can examine all aspects of a building, including cavities in ceilings and walls. As a result, they are more extensive and informative than fire risk assessments.
Why is compartmentation important?
This is an outstanding approach to passive fire protection (PFP). The basic idea is it splits up a large building into smaller compartments. The goal is to separate them by introducing fire barriers, dampers, fire doors, curtains, and more. These products create a perimeter that can contain fire to a single area for a specific length of time.
The aim with compartmentation is it stops fires from being able to rapidly sweep through a building. This is the worst thing that can happen with a fire because it puts everyone at risk. It also makes rescue and recovery much harder.
There are a number of specific rules for compartmentation. For example, every floor of a building must be a separate compartment if the top storey is 30m high or more. Plus, the ground floor may need to be a compartment if there is a basement. It is important to ensure you understand the rules and get compartmentation surveys if you are unsure.
Focusing on vulnerable rooms
While you can have compartments for entire floors, you may also want to look on the smaller side of things. It may be best to have them specifically for the most vulnerable spaces to give them an extra layer of protection. It could even be a compartment within a larger one.
Here is an example. Let’s say you have a chemicals manufacturing facility. You may need compartments throughout the whole building to limit fire spread. However, you may want extra focus on storage rooms. These are areas where you want as much fire protection as possible because the risk of an explosion would be very high due to the chemicals you are storing.
Even libraries and museums may need to look at this type of compartmentation. For example you may want a small separate compartment for a collections room or where you store the rarest, most valuable items.
There are lots of other examples where small compartments can be the best option. It could be hospitals, labs, server rooms, or even commercial kitchens. In some cases the focus will be on preventing the fire from escaping these rooms for as long as possible rather than keeping it out for longer.
Arrange professional compartmentation surveys
Trident Fire Protection and Training Ltd is one of the UK’s leading fire protection experts. We have over two decades of experience, with extensive knowledge of how to stop the spread of fire. Our consultancy services can help you to get a deep understanding of the amount of risk with your property. We can then provide expert solutions, training, and more.
So, if you need compartmentation surveys, PFP inspection, or anything else, rely on us. You can get in touch to discuss your needs with a member of our team.