Alternatives For Fire Doors

Fire doors are necessary but cumbersome item. They are required in a great deal of situations, however they are by nature heavy and restrictive to movement, difficult for small children and the elderly or disabled to open and awkward if carrying bags, pushing prams or operating wheelchairs.

It is therefore commonplace to see these vital parts of a buildings fire strategy wedged open, breaching all compartmentation requirements. A fire curtain can be specified as an alternative offering the same levels of integrity and, if required, additional smoke sealing.

The fire curtain can be recessed within the ceiling and walls, or face fixed depending on customer requirements. It will then remain there hidden, always ready to deploy in a fire situation due to its gravity fail-to-safe method of operation, even when all forms of consumable power are unavailable.

Automatic Smoke Curtains Reduce Smoke Inhalation

777 Aviation Smoke Curtain

Automatic fire rated smoke curtains installed in discreet areas, and deploy automatically during a fire can help block heat and are excellent at blocking smoke from entering the building’s rooms. Due to the natural chimney effect that elevator shafts cause during a fire, automatic fire rated smoke curtains in front of elevators are highly recommended, due to elevator shafts often acting as chimneys, drawing smoke to other floors not currently affected by the fire.

A elevator smoke curtain combined with an elevator door will create the impenetrable assembly required by building codes. Similarly, smoke & fire curtains that block smoke from drifting up or down staircases are also highly effective for similar reasons; such as if the doors can be sealed, less smoke is likely to travel to other areas of the building.

Automatic fire rated curtains and elevator shaft curtains are a must for any building and can greatly reduce smoke inhalation.

Escalators & Stairs With Fire & Smoke Curtains

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Both these items create a permanent breach in the compartment between floors. Using DSI Smoke Curtains this can be tackled in several ways depending on the strategy requirements. Read more

Why Are Smoke & Fire Curtains Important For Elevator Doors?

Elevator shafts are a permanent compartment breach with the potential to spread flames and smoke vertically through a building very rapidly. While most, if not all elevator doors provide a degree of fire integrity this is not the same for smoke sealing. Read more

Protected Means of Escape with a Fire & Smoke Curtains

When considering the placement and provision of a protected means of escape protection from fire and smoke are the paramount consideration. Traditionally a protected means of escape would be along a brick or concrete corridor. Read more

Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications

Smoke & Fire Curtains

While we have discussed the benefits of fire and smoke curtains in the past when referring to fire and smoke protection options for atriums, it is important to note that fire and smoke curtains have a wide variety of other applications as well.

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Atrium Smoke Protection Solutions- What Are Your Options?

In recent years it has been a trend in modern design to open up atriums in order to let in more natural light, maximize the openness of interior space, and reduce energy costs. Read more

Why Do Elevators Need Smoke Protection?

In this day and age, many buildings are equipped with elevators in order to make the navigation of various floors more simple. Read more

Smoke Channeling With Fire & Smoke Curtains

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It is often desirable to direct smoke into certain zones for extraction. This is formed using small, rapid drop and often zone controlled banks of curtains. Read more

How Smoke & Fire Curtains Can Help Contain Fires

Forming fire compartments requires a curtain to have good levels of Integrity- the I Classification – and low levels of Irradiance of Heat- the W Classification. Curtains installed to form a compartment must be able to provide a physical barrier to the fire and prevent heat flux transfer of levels sufficient to ignite materials either side of the compartment. Read more