One of the biggest threats to life and businesses is fire. Smoke detectors are your first line of defence to prevent loss of life, businesses, and property.
A business that has survived a fire often does not survive the next 12 months. The costs of rebuilding after a fire, is simply too great for many a business to bear.
A smoke detection system is a cost effective and efficient early detection system that notifies employees and emergency services of a fire that can often save lives, businesses, and property.
Conventional fire suppression systems such as sprinklers cannot be used in areas such as data centres, server rooms, electrical rooms, power stations and areas storing sensitive documents.
A gas suppression system is the perfect solution to suppress fire in these areas and safeguard equipment and valuable documents.
Gas fire suppression is a waterless suppressant that releases a mixture of gases to prevent or extinguish the fire. It is often referred to as a clean agent fire suppression, as no residue is left behind. A fire requires oxygen, heat, fuel and heat – remove one of these elements and the fire will be extinguished.
FIRE DOORS SAVES LIVES!
A fire door is a door with a fire-resistant rating used as a part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire for as long as possible. It enables buildings to compartmentalize and delay the spread of fire from one area to another.
Fire doors play avital role in keeping people safe and minimising property damage during a fire protecting property.
A closed fire door forms a barrier to save lives.
An open fire door offers a means of escape.
Smoke Extraction System
A fire releases smoke, soot and poisonous, noxious gases that spread through even the smallest of openings which can result in a loss of life. Most fatalities in a fire are caused by the inhalation of carbon monoxide.
The spread of smoke reduces visibility and makes escape and the work of fire fighters difficult.
The main goal of a smoke extraction system is to prevent the spread of smoke and poisonous gases from one area to another, to remove and reduce smoke and to cool the air to prevent a flashover.
Fire Rated Dry Wall
A fire rated dry wall is thicker than the standard sheets and has extra additives such as glass fibres to reduce the speed at which it burns.
A fire rated dry wall can offer either 60 minutes or 120 minutes fire rating.
The slow burn rate of fire rated dry walls gives the inhabitants time to escape.
Fire Rated Ceilings
Ceilings are often overlooked during the design of a fire prevention system. Often, we think of a fire moving horizontally and overlook the fact that a fire also moves vertically. To delay the spread of a fire between floors a fire rated ceiling is of the utmost importance. The delay of the fire spreading between floors will give the inhabitants the vital time needed to escape.
A fire extinguisher is a portable device that discharges water, foam or gas to extinguish a small fire.
There are 4 different types of fire extinguishers and classes:
- Class A extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles including wood, cloth, rubber, paper, as well as many plastic materials.
- Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, solvents, lacquers, alcohols, oils and other similar substances.
- Class C extinguishers are suitable for use only on electrically energized equipment fires.
- Class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metallic substances like potassium and sodium.
Multipurpose extinguishers can be used on different types of fires and will be labelled with more than one class, for example A-B, B-C or A-B-C. You can find the class label of most fire extinguishers in a pictograph on the side of the extinguisher.1
To ensure fire safety standards are adhered the fire extinguisher must be serviced annually and certified.
A service that is offered by Optimum Fire Protection.
Fire Hose Reels
Along with fire extinguishers hose reels are used as a “first attack” appliance used during the early stages of a fire and can be used by building owners, occupiers, tenants and the fire brigade.
Fire hose reels are used to fight type A fires ( wood, paper, cloth etc.), and their function is to supply a continuous and controllable supply of water to a fire. Under no circumstances you should use a fire hose around oils, petrol, fats or electricity as you risk spreading the fire or getting shocked.
Fixed Wall Mounted Fire Hose Reel is permanently attached in a specified location and is plumbed into the existing mains water supply. It is important to keep the wall space on either side clear of clutter so the hose reel can move freely in case of an emergency.
To ensure fire safety standards are adhered the fire hose reel and its components must be serviced annually and certified.
A service that is offered by Optimum Fire Protection.
Fire Alarm Control Panel
The fire alarm control panel (FACP) is the nerve centre of a fire alarm system to which all fire prevention and notification systems are connected to. When a smoke or heat detector is activated it sends a signal to the fire alarm control panel. The fire alarm control panel activates the fire extinguisher system that has been connected to the FACP. Eg if a sprinkler system has been connected to the FACP, the sprinkler system will be activated, and water will be released from the sprinkler heads.
The FACP is an integral part of a building system to reduce and prevent the loss of life and property.
Fire Alarm Repeater Panel
A “Repeater” panel is used in a remote location, away from the control panel. It passively displays the condition of the fire alarm panel. If there are control buttons on the Repeater panel, it can also actively control the fire alarm system. A LCD display is an expanded version of the Repeater panel.
Conventional Sound Beacon
The sound beacon provides a visual and audible warning in the event of a fire, ensuring that everyone on the premises is alerted to the potential danger and ensuring that all occupants can evacuate the premises safely.
A fire blankets is highly flame-resistant blanket that is suitable to extinguish small fires that cannot be extinguished with water such as small electrical fires or to wrap around a person.
Fire blankets are made from 2 layers of woven glass fibre fabric and an inner layer of fire retardant film. They work by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire.
Fire safety signage play a crucial role in fire safety. They display critical information which is understood no matter the language or literacy level, it indicates what do in the event of a fire and the emergency escape route to follow.