Why do I need fire protection?
Ensure Compliance & Save Lives
Passive fire protection is vital to larger establishments; however, it is an effective solution to preventing fire and smoke spread within all types of buildings.
Compartmentalisation contains the fire at its point of origin and therefore slows the spread of smoke and flames. This increases the time people have to escape whilst reducing structural damage so the building is less likely to collapse, ultimately saving saves.
Our specialist team provide the most cost effective and efficient solutions, using only the highest quality, accredited and tested materials. From fire doors, batt & mastic, fire barriers, and fire compound, we cover all aspects of Passive Fire Protection.
ClearView is a 3rd party accredited specialist contractor and offers a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment service as well as a full range of passive fire protection solutions.
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- Q: What is Boris?
- A: Boris is ClearView’s online client portal. It provides a single location where the client can access all their seal and site-specific information. Here the client can log on and complete remote quality inspections by reviewing the GPS tagged installation images attached to the seal records. All records contain the installed products, fire ratings, pre and post-installation images, and photos of each label marked with the location on the site drawing. Boris also holds COSHH and material safety data and collates our engineer’s acceptance of site-specific method statements and risk assessments.
- Q: Is Passive Fire Protection only required in Commercial buildings?
- A: Passive Fire Protection is an essential requirement for all buildings. Whether they are domestic or non-domestic buildings, Passive Fire Protection is crucial to compartmentalising the spread of fire.
All new builds, extension works, or modernisations must comply with The Building Regulations 2010, Fire Safety, Approved Document B.
- Q: Why is it essential to use certified passive fire protection products?
- A: With passive fire protection, it is vital to use certified and tested products and have them installed by an accredited company. Each fire stopping product is crucial to your fire safety systems and creates a barrier that slows the spread of fire.
Using certified products means that they have been rigorously tested, which gives confidence that the product is fit for purpose and will perform following all relevant legislation and regulations.
- Q: Who is responsible for Passive Fire Protection?
- A: Passive Fire Protection must meet Building Regulations, ensuring people can evacuate a building safety in the events of a fire and the building will not collapse. The legislation gives responsibility to building owners, occupiers, managers, and designers to ensure regular fire risk assessments are carried out. ClearView provides fire risk assessments that meet the regulations set out in current legislation and British Standards, including an evaluation of the Passive Fire Protection provided. It is advised that the specification from the original building should include a clear fire protection strategy that contains the passive fire protection components that have been installed. If significant changes are made to the fire protection strategy, then it must be revised by a competent third party.
- Q: What is the difference between passive and active fire protection?
- A: For a fully comprehensive Fire Protection strategy, active and passive fire protection is required as passive fire protection works in combination with active fire prevention. While passive fire protection is built within the building such as Fire doors and Fire-resisting walls, floors, ceilings, and ducts to prevent the spread of smoke and fire, active fire protection consists of manual or automatic products that require intervention to work.
This includes products such as fire detection and alarms, fire extinguishers, door releases and fire sprinklers. Therefore, active fire protection is the act of detecting and stopping the fire, and passive fire protection prevents the spread of fire.
- Q: Why do service penetrations/openings through fire-rated walls need sealing?
- A: Without sealing service penetrations and openings, fire and smoke can easily pass through the fire-rated walls. This increases and allows the spread throughout the building, causing a threat to life.