What is Passive Fire Protection?

The primary objective of passive fire protection is to design and construct buildings so that it is possible to control the spread of fire and smoke for a prescribed period of time. We do this by dividing the building into ‘compartments’, or zones. If a fire starts, the measures we have carried out will prevent fire and smoke from ‘leaking’ into the compartments around it, for as long as possible. As one of Ireland’s leading fire stopping contractors, we can effectively isolate a fire, minimise the damage it causes, and maximise the escape time for building occupants.

How do we stop fires from spreading?

By correctly installing the right building products, we can slow the spread of fire. For example, ‘fire stopping’ seals holes around ducts and any other breaches in a compartment envelope. ‘Intumescent paint’ and ‘steel encasement’ insulate key structural elements. ‘Fire doors’ plug designed apertures. ‘Fire curtains’ create containment zones in open areas. ‘Cavity barriers’ prevent fire from spreading to other zones through the cavities in external walls. Finally, ‘fire rated partition walls and ceilings’ prevent fire from spreading upwards or outwards through internal walls and ceilings. 

Any amount of time that a fire can be contained, is time that occupants of the building have in which to escape safely. And it also gives firefighters the best possible chance of getting on top of the blaze.

This time period generally ranges from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

We use only the best and most up to date products and technology, so you can be sure our work is compliant with Irish Building Regulations, Building Control Regulations 2014, Fire Safety Task Force 2018 and British & EU Standards.

Our Services

At Fire Containment Ltd, we provide a full and comprehensive range of services. These include fire stopping, intumescent painting, duct sealing, fire doors, cavity fire barriers, fire curtains, fire rated partitions & ceilings, and steel encasement. So you can be sure we can look after every aspect of your passive fire protection needs. Find out more about the services we offer below…

Fire Stopping Fire Stopping Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire Containment Ltd carry out fire stopping to prevent fire and smoke from escaping to adjacent areas of a building Rockwool is carefully fitted to seal gaps between building elements. Fire Stopping Maintaining compartment integrity Where a compartment is 'punctured' (ie apertures, imperfections of fit/design tolerance, breaches and penetrations between fire resistant walls, floors and ceilings), we use fire stopping products and techniques to restore the integrity of that compartment. Get a Quote Intumescent Painting Intumescent Painting Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire Containment Ltd apply intumescent paint to structural elements to insulate them in the event of a fire. When intumescent paint is exposed to extreme high temperatures, it expands and creates an insulating barrier, protecting the structure on which it has been applied. Intumescent Painting Protecting key structural elements Intumescent paint protects the structure of a building during a fire. It does this by expanding when exposed to extreme heat. The expanded coating then acts as an insulator, protecting key structural elements, and maximising the opportunity for occupants to escape. Get a Quote Steel Encasement Steel Encasement Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire rated boards are used to insulate some steel elements. When we carry out steel encasement services, we cocoon steel structural elements in fire rated materials in order to insulate them. Steel Encasement Protecting key structures An additional fire protection measure for structural steel is steel encasement. There are several different options for this, depending on your specifications and design requirements. These include flexible blanket systems, block filling, web filling, concrete encasement fire resistant board covers. Get a Quote Cavity Fire Barriers Cavity Fire Barriers Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Cavity barriers prevent smoke and fire from passing from one fire compartment to another through a building's external walls. This illustration shows how cavity barriers can be used to prevent fire from travelling to other areas of a building through the external walls. Cavity Fire Barriers Preventing the spread of fire Cavity fire barriers prevent fires from spreading to other areas of the building through the envelope of the building itself. Also, by correctly fitting cavity barriers horizontally between floor levels and vertically between fire compartments, oxygen cannot be drawn in to feed the fire. Get a Quote Partitions and Ceilings Fire Rated Partitions & Ceilings Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire rated partitions and ceilings are essential to form the internal part of fire compartment envelopes. These fire rated internal walls may look identical to a building's occupants, but their specific structure and components mean that fire heat and smoke will be prevented from breaching these barriers for a period of time. Partitions & Ceilings Creating fire containment areas In order to effectively contain and slow the spread of fire in a building it is important to make use of fire rated partition walls and ceilings. These can be installed to create internal compartmentation as part of your passive fire protection plan. Get a Quote Fire Doors Fire Doors Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire Doors close automatically, and their intumescent side strips expand in extreme heat to seal any gaps around the door and prevent some and fire from escaping. In the detailed illustration we can see the essential components of a fire door. Fire Doors Preventing the spread of fire Fire doors are a key element for containing the spread of fire within a building. Our site personnel are trained to properly fit fire doors so that they perform as designed, in the event of a fire. Get a Quote Fire Curtains Fire Curtains Click the Zoom Icon for More Information Fire curtains are used for completing fire compartments where there are open plan spaces or designed apertures, such as serving hatches. Example of how a specified area can be closed off in the event of a fire, using fire curtains. Fire Curtains Preventing the spread of fire For areas that have few internal walls, it is still possible to create effective fire compartments using fire curtains. These deploy in the event of a fire, providing an effective temporary barrier for fire and smoke. Get a Quote
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