Who are FPC?
Fire Protection Compliance is an
independently-accredited contractor for passive fire protection. With a
thorough understanding of the scientific principles behind smoke and fire, we
manage the simplest of installations to complex applications; delivering on
time, within budget and to the highest standard of professional care.
By utilising passive fire protection in a building,
the spread of fire and smoke is restricted by sub-dividing it into
compartments, separated from one another by walls and/or floors of
fire-resisting construction. Fire compartmentation, as this is known, is vital
to limit fire spread as any voids within, or services that protrude through,
these sections are filled or wrapped to limit the spread of both flames and
smoke. Not only does fundamental passive fire protection buy time for
firefighters to save the building, but it also buys time for residents to
evacuate and can save lives.
The main services we provide are as follows:
Fire & Acoustic Penetration Seals: As
fire and smoke can pass through even the smallest gaps, fire & acoustic
penetration seals are designed to fill and reinstate the fire performance of
compartment walls and floors where substrates are penetrated by multiple
services, while still making sure thermal and sound insulation is not
Fire & Smoke Curtains: Fire
& smoke curtains are used to create a barrier to limit and control fire and
smoke spread within vertical loft spaces/roof voids, and are generally classed
as ‘Cavity Barriers'. A Cavity Barrier must be designed to restrict the massage
of both hot smoke and flame for the minimum specified period, and must be fixed
in such a way that it will remain effective in the event of structural movement
and that there are no gaps where it abuts other elements of construction.
Fire doors are a vital requirement in passive fire
protection in order to protect escape routes. There are three main purposes for
installing fire-resisting doors in a building:
To limit the initial development of a fire – if a
fire door is fitted correctly it can help to subdue a fire by restricting the
level of oxygen available to it
To limit the spread of fire – when closed, a fire
door is designed to endure the effects of the flames for a specified amount of
time. This should limit the spread of fire through the building, gaining time
for occupants to escape and for firefighters to perform their duties.
To protect escape routes – it is a requirement of
Building Regulations to provide protected escape routes. Any door opening onto
an escape route is likely to be designated as a fire-resisting door, to make
sure that anybody using that route is protected from the fire while they
evacuate the premises.
Fire doors should also continue to provide some
protection for the fire service while they fight the fire.