Latest 21st Century Technology Mix: Active and Passive Fire Protection Systems

With the inception of the present global climate and eco-crisis, governments and private sectors the world over are conscious and sensitive to the inevitable need to avail of the latest and more reliable 21st century mix of active and passive fire protection tools to protect the environment, infrastructure, assets and lives from the damages caused by uncontrolled fires.

Fire protection systems have the essential role to play in providing front line defense of residential, commercial and industrial buildings, invaluable assets inside the facilities and the occupants. In forestry settings as well as in educational and healthcare facilities, what kind of protection systems out there can face bush wild fires and hospital and school fires? How about fire suppression systems being installed in very tall, magnificently constructed buildings sprucing up all over the world?

In recent years, a remarkable trend has been happening in the construction industry. More and more building and facilities designers are integrating natural elements and sustainable “green” components into their designs such as the use of natural lighting through atria, skylight and fire rated glazed materials. Construction designs and fire protection engineering are being integrated to comply with prevailing building codes and fire code standards. To assure compliance, all the stake players, the owners, architects, designers, engineers including the fire protection engineers and building and permit authorities are collaborating with each other.

Passive fire protection is at work 24/7 and when a raging fire comes roaring, the systems should have the power to control the fire and prevent it from spreading. How effective the installation and maintenance of these passive fire protection tools can only be evaluated in a post fire assessment of structural and collateral damage. One tool being promoted for educational and healthcare structures are fire rated glazing materials which allow natural daylight to go through building spaces of medical labs, stairways, corridors, etc. instead of using artificial lighting.

Another passive protection is the use of fire retardants. They can restrain spread of fire and save lives and properties. You can apply the latest kind of retardants to your curtains, draperies, carpeting, dining and living room furniture and fixtures, or equipments and others as extra precaution in addition to your smoke alarms or sprinklers.

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