Hi and welcome to this weeks blog… Maintenance of any asset is important, we maintain our cars and our homes but owner/managers of buildings should ensure that all buildings under their care have their passive fire penetrations and compartmentation provisions maintained and inspected and that a penetration schedule is established to assist and record this maintenance, unfortunately this aspect of maintenance is far too often overlooked.

However, many building owners, facilities managers are actively looking for more information about passive fire protection management.

Building owner/managers can get confused about passive fire protection requirements so let me confirm for you what passive fire compartmentation is.

Fire compartmentation is an enclosed compartment or chamber within a building that has been specified fire rated.  By “fire rated I mean the length of time the fire can be contained within a wall or door. If a fire starts in a particular compartment, it should be able to be contained for a period giving the both the occupants and fire brigade more time vacate and fight the fire

Fire compartments will have a number of penetrations, a penetration is where there are placements of doorways or plumbing and electrical/data cabling, the very nature of having a penetration affects the effectiveness of the fire compartment.

It makes sense then that penetrations are treated to maintain the fire rating of the compartment if not, a fire can rapidly engulf the building, putting many lives at risk.  Even the tiniest opening can cause significant issues.

Be aware that you have a legal obligation to ensure your building’s fire safety systems and equipment is maintained and performs in the manner expected on installation.

……….. ‘Til the next time Greg