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Opening Protectives: A Passive Fire Protection Solution

Thursday July 16, 2015

Keeping smoke and fire under control in the event of an emergency can be problematic due to open atriums. A smoke and fire management system must be implemented to allow time for occupants to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.

When planning a building’s design, there are a variety of options an architect can choose. These options depend on the height and capacity of the atrium. One option is a passive smoke management system. A passive system simply separates the areas affected by smoke or fire to allow for effective evacuation. These opening protectives usually come in the form of fire doors or fire and smoke-rated curtains.

Smoke and fire opening protectives can recess completely into the walls or ceilings and be basically invisible when not in use. In addition to being out of sight, fire-rated opening protectives require limited power and do not obstruct entering emergency crews.

From vertically deploying opening protectives to horizontally deploying flexible fire and smoke-rated atrium partitions, we have the solutions you need to maintain the design aesthetics of your building while keeping your occupants safe. For more information on the custom solution you need, call us today.


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