Passive Fire Protection and Fire Doors
17th March 2016

Fire doors form an integral part of a buildings Passive Fire Protection (PFP) system, which in turn is a key part of the overall Structural Fire Protection (SFP) system. A system which is essential in keeping people, the building and surrounding areas safe in the tragic event of a fire.What is a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) system?

A Passive Fire Protection (PFP) system is a core part of a buildings overall Structural Fire Protection (SFP) system. The SFP system typically includes these three key areas:

  1. Passive Fire Protection – Aimed at reducing the spread of fire and smoke to enable everyone to safely exit the building.
  2. Active fire protection – The act of raising awareness of a fire eg: fire alarms
  3. Education – All people who use the building must be made aware of fire procedures, plans and codes, thus ensuring the highest level of safety is achieved.

The main purpose of a PFP system is to contain the fire and slow the spread, thus allowing more time for people to safely exit the building and reduce the amount of damage to the building and surrounding structures.

The effectiveness of the PFP system is also dependent on; correct specification and compatibility of materials, weathering factors like rain and sun exposure and the level of detailing and workmanship. Therefore, in addition to careful design and product selection, it is advisable to get all PFP related elements such as a Fire Door installed by a certified and competent contractor.

For more information about Passive Fire Protection visit www.pfpf.org or www.hse.gov.uk.

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