Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is an essential form of fire protection for all types of structures, especially for commercial buildings.
PFP is also commonly known as fireproofing. As opposed to Fire Suppression Mechanisms or Active Fire Protection, such as the activation of sprinklers and extinguishers, Passive Fire Protection is a way to contain flames at their point of origin prior to the use of these active suppression tactics. This passive approach can prevent the spread of many common fires including electrical, gas and chimney fires.
What products make up Passive Fire Protection?
There are many different products and fire retardants that are used for Passive Fire Protection, including:
Cements and plasters: insulating parts of buildings, such as walls and ceilings, that are susceptible to flames.
Intumescent materials and substances: a common accessory used on structures. These substances are specially designed to expand when heated, making areas more flame resistant when installed.
The successful specification of Passive Fire Protection products and installation requires a depth of expertise in the Passive Fire industry.