Keeping people and buildings safe from fire
The purpose of a smoke control system is to save lives by reducing the potentially fatal build-up of smoke and heat during a fire. As well as keeping escape and access routes smoke-free, effective smoke control can delay or prevent flashover to slow or stop fire developing to devastating levels.
Statistics from the department for Communities and Local Government reveal that 53% of all fire-related fatalities result from people being overcome by smoke or gas, rather than dying from the fire itself.
Smoke control products, such as smoke vents or louvres, are life-saving devices that greatly increase occupants’ chances of survival in the event of fire. However, an effective smoke control system not only provides protection to residents but to the fabric of the building itself. The factors that need to be taken into account when designing a smoke control system for a building are far-reaching. Thorough analysis of the proposed fire strategy and design of the common escape routes is essential. In other cases it is necessary to consider the objectives and performance criteria for the system. Regulation compliance is paramount – as life-saving devices, systems must meet, or exceed standards, and achieve strict performance criteria.
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