Fire Compartmentation: Containment Systems Slow the Spread of Fire

Posted on 21/12/2023

fire compartmentation doors

All modern buildings are designed with fire compartmentation in mind. This means that in the unfortunate event of a fire breaking out in one part of the building, the spread of the fire to other areas is slowed. A large part of this is achieved structurally - e.g. by having walls coated with gypsum plaster and cavities filled with non-flammable materials. Where there are spaces connecting compartments (such as doorways and serving hatches) specialist fire containment systems can be installed.

Which buildings need fire containment systems?

Fire containment systems are essential for any building that has multiple occupants. These include lots of residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings. The systems we supply and install help to protect the lives and property of the people inside the building, as well as any firefighters and emergency services who attend the fire. Fire containment systems also help to comply with the UK building regulations and fire safety legislation, which require buildings to have adequate means of escape and fire resistance.

What fire containment equipment does Cooks Doors supply and install?

Cooks Doors is a leading supplier and installer of fire containment equipment in the East of England. We offer a range of products that can suit any building type and fire risk level. Some of the fire containment equipment we provide are:

  • Fire Doors: Specially designed and tested to resist fire and smoke for a specified period of time, usually 30, 60, or 120 minutes, fire doors help to prevent the spread of fire and smoke between different compartments of a building, and also provide a safe exit route for the occupants.
  • Fire Exit Doors: Intended to be used only in the event of a fire or emergency, fire exit doors are usually fitted with panic bars that allow easy and quick opening from the inside, without the need for a key or a handle. Fire exit doors must be clearly marked to indicate their location and direction.
  • Fire Shutters: These are shutters that will be lowered or closed automatically to seal off an opening in a wall or ceiling, such as a window, door, or hatch. Fire shutters help to contain the fire and smoke within a compartment, and also prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the building or to adjacent buildings.
  • Fire and Smoke Curtains: These are curtains that automatically deploy to create a barrier across an opening in a wall or ceiling, such as a corridor, atrium, or lobby. Fire and smoke curtains help to control the movement of fire and smoke within a building, and also allow the occupants to escape safely without being exposed to the fire and smoke.

If you are interested in learning more about fire containment systems, or if you want to book a survey of your building, please contact Cooks Doors today. We have a team of experts who can provide you with a quotation for the products required. You can call our showroom on 0800 0180304, email, or message us via the form on the website Contact page.


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