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What’s The Difference Between Active And Passive Fire Protection?

In the world of fire safety, there are two forms of protection, passive and active protection. Active fire protection is mainly designed to quickly locate and stop any active fires and offer an easy way to escape from the blazing heat.

On the other hand, passive fire protection systems are designed to control the flow of the fire and prevent it from getting out of hand. Unlike active systems, passive protection is all about stopping the spread and ensuring that your properties structures are protected from high temperatures.

To ensure the highest levels of protection you will want to ensure that your property is covered by both passive and active fire protection systems. This way you can prevent the spread of the fire and quickly extinguish it!

Examples Of Active Fire Protection

Thanks to advancements in safety technology, there is a range of fantastic active fire protection systems available today. Below are a few of the most popular methods used by fire protection services to locate and extinguish existing fires:

  • Fire Extinguisher: One of the most common forms of active protection is through the use of fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are a tried-and-tested way to quell fires and help prevent them from getting out of control.
  • Sprinkler Systems: Another extremely popular active fire protection system is the use of sprinkler systems. Sprinklers will help you quickly locate a fire as they and can also be a great way to slow the spread, or even extinguish smaller fires.
  • Smoke Detectors: By law, each floor of your property must feature a smoke detector system. This is because smoke detectors are one of the most reliable ways to alert nearby people to a potential fire.

There is a range of other active protection systems out there such as fire blankets and fire suppression systems which are great for stopping the spread of fires. As long as you make sure that you have multiple active systems you can rely on, your property should be safe from major fire damage!

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Examples Of Passive Fire Protection

Alongside active protection systems, you will also want to ensure that your property is covered by a range of passive fire protection systems. Passive fire systems are all about controlling the spread of fire and protecting your property from damage.

A few of the most common methods of passive fire protection are:

  • Structural Fire ProtectionOne of the biggest dangers caused by fires is damage to a properties structure. Structural damage can cause a building to collapse, which can be extremely dangerous. Thankfully, structural fire protection is one of the most common forms of passive protection.
  • Fire Resistant Walls: Another great passive protection method is through the use of fire-resistant walls. If installed correctly, a fire-resistant wall can quickly lock down fire and protect both you and your property.
  • Fire DoorsMade using fire-resistant materials and designed to slow the spread of fire, fire doors can be a great layer protection method in any property. Once correctly installed a fire door can be one of the best forms of passive protection inside a property.

There are a host of incredible passive protection systems available to slow and lockdown out-of-control fires. One of the greatest benefits to a passive protection system is that once installed, you can leave them to do their job with minimal maintenance.

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Do You Need To Have Both Active And Passive Fire Protection Systems?

For the highest levels of protection and truly protect your property from a raging fire, you will want to install both passive and active fire protection systems. Both types of protection offer different means of controlling and extinguishing fires.

Ideally, you will want to make sure that any property you own is structurally sound and features a slew of passive protection systems. Doors and structural coverings can be added at any time, so there’s truly no reason not to reinforce your property with passive protection.

Once the structure of the building has been fire-proofed, you will want to install a range of active systems throughout your property. This way, you can be certain that you have the best levels of fire safety you can get!


Contact Us Today For More Information About Passive Fire Protection Options

Installing fire protection systems inside your property can be challenging, which is why you will want a team of experts to handle it for you. Here at JMPFP we will always put the customer first and ensure that any passive fire safety measures are installed soundly and efficiently. We also provide training for a range of fire stopping qualifications.

To find out more about the best options available for your property get in touch either by phone on 0151 329 3230 or via email using the following address [email protected]!


Who can install fire protection systems?

When it comes to installing fire protection systems you will want to ensure that only certified professionals install any systems on your property.

All of our installation team members are certified and offer a friendly and high-quality service.

Are fire doors active or passive fire protection?

Fire-resistant doors are a passive protection method as they help slow down the spread of the fire as opposed to attempting to extinguish it.

Most passive protection methods are structural and are great at protecting your property from damage.

Which is more important, active or passive protection?

This depends entirely on whether you want to extinguish the fire or control the spread so fire services can arrive safely. Ideally, you will want to combine both passive and active systems for the highest levels of protection.