Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is the primary measure to provide fire safety and protection against flame, heat, and smoke to maintain compartmentalization, structural stability, fire separation and a safe means of escape. PFP is integrated during construction, but can be assessed, inspected, and repaired, on an existing building.
A fire in your building can be devastating without properly installed passive fire protection. Building owners are often less familiar with this portion of fire-stopping.
Here are the components of PFP:
Structural fire protection- Guards structural components
Compartmentalization- Barriers to contain spread of fire into compartments
Opening Protection- Maintain fire rating through openings in fire barrier
Fire-stopping materials- Applied to through penetrations in a fire barrier
Products within PFP systems are tested and certified by accredited organizations (UL, FM, NFPA) and rated by the half-hour or hour. Systems are rated by 1, 2, 3, and 4 hours.
If your building is rewired, plumbed, or communication systems are added, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice. These work categories will often impact the integrity of your fire protection.
Incorporating fire protection materials, systems, and assemblies, ensures asset protection, life safety, risk reduction, and compliance with the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC 703.1).