Fire safety curtain systems include a fire-resistant fabric curtain, rigging, smoke pockets, guides and release system required to affect an automatic and safe deployment in the event of a fire. Non-emergency operation of the fire curtains can be manual or motorized. In addition to new installations, we service and repairexisting curtains. We have an extensive range of fire and smoke curtain to work with every application.eex
Fire safety systems are a necessary and important feature for every building. While annual fire safety inspections show that your building meets local safety codes, these inspections only ensure that minimum requirements are met. There are three main elements of a fire safety system: detection, notification and response. The typical building will have equipment in place to detect smoke and heat, as well as notify building occupants.
Most buildings will have a basic water sprinkler system in place that will be automatically activated when a fire is sensed. Sprinkler systems are designed to control a fire, not to extinguish it. It is therefore likely that significant quantities of smoke may be generated that can travel far from the initial fire sourcemay be more dangerous than the fire itself. Smoke curtains, however, do block smoke and help to reduce its spread.
There are a variety of smoke and fire curtains available, designed to fit different spaces and serve different functions based on your needs. In an atrium, a selection of curtains may be needed to meet fire code requirements and effectively control the spread of smoke and fire, both vertically from floor-to-floor and horizontally to protect the occupied areas on each floor.
The Fire protective smoke curtains are designed to prevent the spread of smoke and heat in the event of a fire. They also aid ventilation and emergency egress to minimize building damage.Fire protective curtains are used to seal off an area to contain a fire and to prevent it from spreading. The fire curtain can be installed above the ceiling for a completely hidden layer of fire protection. In the event of a fire, the electrically actuated curtain simply lowers upon receiving a signal from a fire detection system to seal off an opening.
Flexible smoke and fire curtains, referred to as passive because they demand no Mechanical systems to support them, flexible smoke and fire curtains have been successfully used for elevator fire and smoke protection for some time. There are four major trends of smoke curtains: Elevator, Vertical, Draft and Perimeter. Each kind of curtain is compatible with other fire safety systems and may be installed to install when a smoke or fire sensor is tripped. Elevator smoke curtain play the very important function of blocking smoke from entering and departing through elevator doors. In the event of a fire, this may lead to smoke to spread rapidly to other floors of the building. Most fire codes need some type of smoke barrier above elevator doors.
Elevator smoke curtain:
Elevator smoke curtain perform the vital function of blocking smoke from entering and exiting through elevator doors. Elevator shafts cause air to be pulled upwards through to the roof of the building. In the event of a fire, this can cause smoke to spread quickly to other floors of the building. Most fire codes require some type of smoke barrier over elevator doors. Elevator smoke curtains will meet or exceed this requirement and help keep building occupants safe.
Vertical Smoke Curtains:
Vertical smoke curtains are typically used to close off openings from standard doorways to larger atriums. They are located within the ceiling above the opening and are deployed downwards to prevent smoke from spreading through the building. These curtains help to divide the building into smaller spaces and contain smoke to individual rooms. This allows occupants to evacuate more easily and firefighters to more quickly enter the building.
Draft curtains are a type of static curtain that is most often placed in warehouses or manufacturing environments. Typical buildings, such as office and retail buildings, probably won't find draft curtains necessary, but those with expansive, open facilities with high ceilings should consider them. This type of curtain doesn't form a total barricade against smoke but instead breaks up the airflow along the ceiling. They should be strategically placed near exhaust vents to slow down the travel of the smoke and push it outwards through the vents.
If your building has large open staircases or escalators, Perimeter curtains are an ideal solution for containing smoke. They function similar to vertical curtains, but instead of blocking off one entryway, they form a totally independent perimeter, requiring no walls or corner posts to be present. Although perimeter curtains are designed specifically to slow flames, they will help to slow the movement of smoke as well.
Building codes require the installation of fire curtains in most public spaces including theaters, schools, and warehouses. Service and maintenance of your fire curtain and smoke containment systems is critical for ensuring continued protection.