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UK Fire Door Regulations

UK Fire Door Regulations

UK Fire Door Regulations

Keeping people safe in a fire emergency requires passive fire protection to do its job effectively. This means that compartmentalisation contains the fire within a specific area of the building. Fire stopping arrests the spread of smoke or toxic fumes. Finally, the structure of the building is protected against collapse as a result of extreme temperatures. Passive fire protection provides a guaranteed period in which people can evacuate the building safely.

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Fire Protection Services

Fire Protection Services

Professional Fire Protection Services

Building owners and managers are required by Fire Safety Legislation to assume responsibility for fire safety on their premises. This includes carrying out regular risk assessments on both active and passive fire protection installed within the building. Active fire protection includes fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems (requiring active intervention for use), whilst passive fire protection will be integrated into the structure of the building.

The function of passive fire protection is to contain and manage the spread of fire, smoke or toxic fumes in order to allow for an orderly evacuation of the building, and the arrival of emergency services. The design and installation of passive fire protection materials requires specialist contractors with a proven track record in the field. This is because all premises offer specific challenges which need to be factored into effective fire protection.

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DURASTEEL Fire Protection

DURASTEEL® Fire Protection

DURASTEEL® Fire Protection

In a world where fire is always a significant risk to business and industry, the management of that risk is of prime importance. It’s impossible to eliminate the risk of fire completely, but fire protection design and installation can significantly reduce the risk to life, buildings and critical functions. DunbarWallace Fire Protection Ltd  is committed to providing DURASTEEL® to UK utilities, construction, pharmaceuticals and nuclear power generation.

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Cementitious Fireproofing Materials

Cementitious Fireproofing Materials

Cementitious Fireproofing Materials

When DunbarWallace design specialists develop a bespoke fire protection system for a building, they are guided by three clear aims:

  • Preventing the spread of fire to allow for evacuation
  • Allowing fire services access to the fire
  • Protecting the structural integrity of the building

The ability of the structural foundations to withstand a blast, or fire, is critical both to the safety of people inside, and to the long-term prospects of the building once the fire is quelled.

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Is Fireproof the Same as Fire Resistant

Why Terminology Matters in Fire Protection

Why Terminology Matters in Fire Protection

Ever heard that phrase: “Careless Words Cost Lives”? It was originally a WW2 warning to take care who you talked to, but it’s equally true when discussing the terminology around fire protection. In this blog we take a look at the words and phrases that are used to refer to fire protection materials. And we give a few tips on how to cut through the ‘marketing’ to ensure that a product actually does what it says it does.

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Design Principles for Passive Fire Protection

Design Principles For Passive Fire Protection

Design Principles For Passive Fire Protection

DunbarWallace designs and installs bespoke passive fire protection systems for businesses, construction, utilities and power generation. In every case our goal is to delay the spread of fire long enough to allow for the safe evacuation of the building, and for the fire services to attend. The way we do this is by keeping the fire contained within smoke and fire-resistant compartments.

This larger goal is guided by a set of principles which are applied in any design process. These will always be balanced with active fire protection systems and will include:

  • The use of fire barriers which resist flames and insulate against heat
  • Compartmentalisation to stop the spread of fire
  • Protection against the collapse of the structure
  • Minimisation of the spread of smoke
  • Reducing the risk of damage to adjacent buildings
  • Ensuring access for fire services
  • Consideration of risks caused by water damage
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5 Considerations When Designing and Installing Industrial Fire Partitions

5 Considerations When Designing and Installing Industrial Fire Partitions

Industrial Fire Partitions

The role of industrial fire panels is to create an effective defence against the rapid spread of flames through the building. The installation of such panels has to be tailored to the contextual industrial environment. One of the major tasks when sub-dividing warehouse space into small units, for example, is to ensure that each of the partition walls provides the required level of resistance to fire.

All passive fire protection works in concert with active fire systems such as sprinklers, or fire alarms.  The aim of all fire protection systems is to provide stable conditions for an orderly evacuation, to allow for firefighter access, and to preserve the structural integrity of the building wherever possible.

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How Can Fire Cause Business Interruptions

Fire is Number One Cause of Business Interruption

Fire is Number One Cause of Business Interruption

When you start a business, the possibility that it could be destroyed, or severely impacted by fire is not likely to be uppermost in your thoughts. And yet, planning for fire as a business interruption is a key component to future-proofing your company. Fire is the most common cause of business interruption, globally, and a failure to plan for business recovery after a fire or explosion could cost you your company.

In 2018 there were over 13,000 non-residential fires in the UK. Speaking during Business Safety Week 2019, Lee Shears, Head of Protection at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service warned:

“Fires can have a devastating effect on businesses and 80% of companies who do not recover in a month after, are likely to go out of business.”

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How Partitions Keep Fire Contained

How Partitions Keep Fire Contained

How Partitions Keep Fire Contained

Passive fire protection has as its goal the creation of structural defences against the spread of fire through a building. Compartmentation is a key element in achieving this. A building is sub-divided into a number of compartments using horizontal and vertical partitions, made of fire resistant materials. The purpose of compartmentation is to contain the spread of fire for a designated period of time during which an orderly evacuation can take place and firefighters can access the building.

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