A passive fire protection (PFP) survey thoroughly examines the various systems and components that are in place to slow the spread of fire and smoke in a building.
The first step in a passive fire protection survey is to assess the condition of the building’s fire-resistant systems and components. This considers the wall and ceiling composition, its condition, and fire rating. A passive fire protection survey aims to assess the condition and compliance of Fire Stopping systems and identify any areas that may need repairs or upgrades/ replacements.
The surveyors also check for any signs of deterioration or wear, such as cracking or warping, which can compromise the effectiveness of these systems.
Next, the surveyors will assess the condition and compliance of any existing applications. These should be applied to any service or blank hole penetrating an internal wall or slab along any compartment line, identified on the building’s Fire Strategy, as an aid to slow the spread of fire and smoke. The surveyors will check for proper installation, in line with the field of application and testing available for each system, and look for any signs of dilapidation, incorrect installation, or other damage that could compromise the effectiveness of these systems. This can include but is not limited to service penetrations, voids, or structural elements such as steels or columns.
After completing the survey, the surveyors will provide a detailed report outlining their findings and recommendations for repairs or upgrades. This report can be a valuable tool for building owners and managers, as it can help them identify potential fire safety risks and take the necessary steps to address them. By taking the necessary steps to ensure that their passive fire protection systems are in good condition and compliant, building owners and managers can help protect their assets and ensure their facility’s and its occupants’ safety.
In conclusion, having a passive fire protection survey is an essential step in ensuring the safety of your building and its occupants. The report generated by the surveyors can help identify potential hazards and take steps to address them. Building owners and managers should not overlook the importance of passive fire protection and should schedule regular surveys to ensure the safety of their assets and people in the building.
If you’re a building owner or manager and want to ensure the safety of your facility and its occupants, we invite you to visit our website at legionellaandfiresafe.co.uk or call our Fire team on 0800 080 3045 to book a passive fire protection survey.
Our team of experts can provide you with the knowledge, resources, and support you need to ensure that your passive fire protection systems are in good condition and compliant with relevant fire safety standards.
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