Fire & Smoke Rated Curtain System Applications: Prisons

Prisons and penitentiaries present a unique set of circumstances when it comes to fire safety. Not only is it necessary to allow proper time for tenant evacuation, but it has to be done in a way that maintains order and keeps prison guards and staff safe.

Prisons are an I-3 occupancy in which they must often “defend in place” meaning that occupants in this case are confined and cannot egress freely during a fire event. Because of this, prisons are required by the building code to address smoke migration in those facilities.

Furthermore, prisons typically contain various hallways and security measures that compartmentalize the facility. Smoke doors and curtains from Smoke Guard can easily be integrated into the security systems to help section off smoke and fire in the case of an emergency.