Why Passive Fire Protection Should Be Implemented in Hotels

Most people are familiar with the basics of a fire safety plan like fire risk assessment, fire-sprinkler system, alarms and detection systems, and occupant education. But not the Passive Fire Protection that actually contains a fire at its point of origin it can be invisible and nearly forgotten.

Passive fire protection uses a building’s structure to limit the spread of fire and is integral to protecting people and property.  Although it is mandated by the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards, PFP can be easily and accidentally compromised by everyday changes within a building.

Passive fire protection uses a building’s structure to limit the spread of fire and is integral to protecting people and property.  Although it is mandated by the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards, PFP can be easily and accidentally compromised by everyday changes within a building.

Primarily, Passive Fire Protection guarantees that in the event of a fire guest and employees have the chance to escape from the building to avoid being injured or perhaps killed. Secondly, preventing collapse through structural fire resistance to help protect the building and the assets within it.

In case a fire does breaks out in one of the rooms, fire will remain contained within that room to allow the hotel guest and employees in the building to be evacuated as well as allow emergency services to reach the building and put the fire out. Without effective passive fire protection, the fire can spread immediately from room to room and turn into an inferno.

fire door at a hotel

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The following list of examples are all a part of passive fire protection:

  • Fire doors
  • Firewalls with Fire Barriers
  • Fire floors
  • Emergency exit lights
  • Dampers
  • Flame shields
  • Intumescent paint
  • Mortar coating
  • Mineral fibre matting
  • Protection of muster/refuge points
  • Spray fireproofing

It is advised that PFP measures are inspected annually, as per AS1851-2012, as this can help manage any fire safety breaches that may result from everyday works within the building.  For effective Passive Fire Protection and should you wish more information Contact us today.