WHAT IS PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION?
Whilst active fire protection systems such as sprinklers, can extinguish fires, passive fire protection (PFP) is designed to prevent the spread of fire and contain it in defined compartments to minimise damage and – even more importantly – to allow safe evacuation. In the event of a fire, the heat and smoke will spread through penetrations and joints in the walls and floors, causing damage, endangering people and potentially also blocking escape routes.
Types of Passive Fire Protection Systems (PFP)
- Unprotected structural steel
- Board fire protection
- Sprayed fire protection
- Composite members
- Concrete filled tubular columns
- Intumescent coatings
In Ireland, Sika's passive fire protection solutions are designed to be able to seal all different types of building joints and penetrations, in order to help keep fire in defined compartments for a certain period of time, thereby allowing safe evacuation. Sika passive fire protection solutions comply with the most relevant national and international standards (including EN, UL, EAD (ETAG), ASTM, AS, Certifire), in order to confirm that they meet the highest fire resistance requirements and consequently can help save people’s lives.
Our range of heat-resistant sealants include technical specification and fire protection capabilities to help prevent the spread of fire, smoke and toxic gases.