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Why do I need Passive Fire Protection?

Protect People and Assets and Achieve Compliance

Passive fire protection (PFP) plays a vital role in the fire safety of buildings. It is designed to withstand smoke and fire for a pre-determined time by providing fire resistance. It is important that the responsible person for the building understands their duty under UK statutory law regarding fire stopping regulations and fire door regulations.

Passive fire protection is achieved through compartmentation which is provided by fire resisting elements such as floors, fire doors and walls.  The fire resistance of the materials used protects the building from structural damage which can aid evacuation of personnel in an emergency.

When a penetration occurs through a fire resisting element such as a wall, fire stopping products and or repaired fire doors are used to reinstate the integrity of the fire resisting element. It is highly recommended that all passive fire protection work, inclusive of fire stopping, fire door installation fire door inspection and maintenance and fire dampers is carried out by certified passive fire protection specialists.

Passive Fire Protection Characteristics

Passive fire protection is designed to aid with fire compartmentation by isolating the spread of fire and smoke to other parts of the building, effectively keeping the fire in the location where it originated. It is important to note that the fire rating of the materials used will determine how long they can withstand fire and smoke. For example internal fire doors will have an FD rating such FD 60 which means they are designed to withstand smoke for 60 minutes. The fire protection is required to allow people and or firefighters to access and egress a building safely in a fire. Moreover, damage to equipment and assets can be reduced if fire compartmentation is not breached.

Passive fire protection represents an important function in fire safety, so much so that it is now part of the structural integrity of buildings. The Building Regulations 2019 edition, Fire Safety, Approved Document B – Requirement B3, Internal Fire Spread (structure) state “The building shall be designed and constructed so that, in the event of a fire, its stability will be maintained for a reasonable period.” Approved document B also states that all fire-rated elements must be reinstated once penetrated by services such as cables, pipes or ducting.

As opposed to active fire protection, passive fire protection is not electronically or manually initiated such as fire extinguisher or a fire blanket. See our blog for more details on the differences between active and passive fire protection.

 

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Passive Fire Protection Installer Certification

Passive Fire Protection Installer Certification

It is important that your fire stopping, and fire door installers hold a valid third-party certification. The certification will provide you with peace of mind that the work will be completed to compliant and professional standard. ClearView are certified passive fire protection specialists. This means that our management systems, processes and work has been formally audited by the Internal Fire Consultants (IFC) for the following product types:

  • Cavity Barriers
  • Fire Doors – Metal
  • Fire Doors – Timber
  • Service Penetration & Linear Gap Seals

Passive Fire Protection Product Certification

All passive fire protection products must be certified to meet the British standards, it is important that only third-party accredited products are used to ensure compliance. We are committed to only providing and installing high quality, certified passive fire protection products from UK manufacturers. All products used are independently tested to ensure compliance to the relevant British Standards. Furthermore, a certificate of conformity will be issued for all the products that we supply or install.

 

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Examples of Passive Fire Protection:

The following gives a brief summary on the products and examples of passive fire protection, the hyperlinks will provide more information:

  • Firewalls are used to divide a building to prevent fire form spreading by providing compartmentation
  • Fire protecting steel work is used for structural passive fire protection in the construction of new buildings
  • Fire doors are a critical part of passive fire protection in buildings because they stop the spread of fire and smoke and allow people to exit buildings through escape routes safely.
  • Fire Door hardware inclusive of ironmongery is tested for fire resistance as a complete fire door set. They should be fire resistant for the specified FD period, such as FD (60) which provides 60 minutes of passive fire protection
  • Fire resistant glass is sometimes called fire rated glass or gazing, it is designed to provide protection from fire for a set time
  • Fire rated floors provide passive fire protection for separating floors
  • Firestops are physical fire rated barriers that prevent the spread of smoke and flames
  • Fire dampers are used to provide passive fire protection for heating, ventilation and cooling systems. They are initiated by a thermal element that melts in afire and closes the damper to prevent the fire and smoke travelling through the ductwork
  • fire proofing is used to make materials such as walls fire resistant, one example of this is spraying steel to provide increase the fire rating
  • Intumescent Sealant can be applied to fire doors, windows, pipes, joints and other small holes. They create a fire barrier to stop the spread of smoke and fire
  • Pipe wraps and collars Pipe wraps and collars are designed for use on plastic pipes that pass-through floors and walls. They have an intumescent material which expands inwards to squeeze the pipe, collapsing it until the opening is completely sealed.
  • Fire batts are often coated in ablative material and it is used to reinstate the fire integrity of a wall or floor
  • Fire protection compound is used for service penetrations and is usually used to fire stop around electrical services such as cables
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Our Passive Fire Protection Solutions

ClearView are passive fire protection specialists, we offer cost-effective fire safety services to keep our clients safe. Our fire stopping engineers are qualified to a minimum of NVQ Level 2 Passive Fire Protection and our fire door installers have all been third party audited by the International Fire Consultants.

We are committed to only providing and installing high quality, certified passive fire protection products from UK manufacturers. All products used are independently tested to ensure compliance to the relevant British Standards.

Our processes are fully compliant and certified through the International Fire Consultants, moreover  ClearView are members of the Fire Protection Association and the Fire Industry Association and we consider fire safety to be of paramount importance. ClearView are certificated for ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, ISO9001 Quality Management System and ISO 140001 Environmental Management System.

 

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Fire Maintenance

On average, around 23,500 fires occur each year in non-residential buildings in the UK, with around 20 people losing their lives.

ClearView can maintain all your fire safety equipment and provide a bespoke maintenance plan that ensures all equipment is fully functional and operating per current legislation.

 

Fire Doors

Following our ISO 9001:2015, we install certified fire doors and frames to the exact quality standards, ensuring your fire doors meet statutory requirements for complete legal compliance. ClearView also offers fire door maintenance, remedial repair work and surveys to guarantee your fire doors perform as designed if a fire was to occur.

 
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Fire Stopping

ClearView is certified by the International Fire Consultants (IFC) for Fire Stopping and ensures all works comply with the appropriate British Standards. We provide a wide range of high quality, certified products from UK manufacturers that are independently tested to guarantee compliance.

 
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Fire Safety

To ensure your staff, assets and premises are kept safe, ClearView provide a range of cost-effective and dependable fire safety equipment. From Fire Alarms to Fire Extinguishers all products are individually tested to meet current regulations for full compliance, meeting your insurance and legal obligations.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Boris?

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.

Is Passive Fire Protection only required in Commercial buildings?

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.

Why is it essential to use certified fire protection products?

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.

Who is responsible for Passive Fire Protection?

Businesses and landlords 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 protection provided. It is advised that the specification from the original building should include a clear fire protection strategy and contains the 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.

What is the difference between passive and active fire protection?

For a fully comprehensive Fire Protection strategy, 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.

Read more on the difference between active and passive fire protection.

Why do service penetrations/openings through fire-rated walls need sealing?

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.

What are passive fire protection products?

The fire protection services that we provide utilise fully complaint and tested products of the highest quality.

We install a wide range of installed products that improve a buildings fire safety. As one of the leading fire stopping companies in the UK, we are certified to supply and install products such as fire doors (including fd30 and fd60 for both internal and external fire doors), curtain & cavity barriers, fire batts, fire stopping compound, fire stopping collars & wraps, intumescent sealant and intumescent paint.

Why must fire door maintenance be carried out?

It is essential to carry out regular fire door maintenance to ensure that the fire doors work in accordance with the manufacturers design. The consequences of not maintaining fire doors could be deadly. Fire doors are designed in accordance with the building fire protection strategy to protect against fire and smoke and to provide safe evacuation of a building.

To ensure compliance of your fire doors, periodic checks must be carried out at least every six months. High traffic areas may require to be checked more frequently. The Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, states the requirements under the law to ensure fire resisting doors are installed and maintained correctly.

What is passive fire protection?

PFP also referred to as fire protection or a fire protection system, is a crucial element to a buildings fire safety strategy. As well safeguarding people, it limits damage caused by fire and smoke to the building and its contents.

Passive fire protection is required under the law. More information can be found on the following links: The Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and The Building Regulations 2010 UK Statutory Instruments 2010 no. 2214 Part 8 Regulation 38. Failing to comply with regulations puts lives at risk and can result in criminal proceedings under corporate liability.

Read more about what passive fire protection is here.

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