Fire Curtains

Fire Curtains vs. Fire Shutters. Which one’s for me?

July 20, 2017
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It cannot be denied that fire safety in all types of buildings is of paramount importance for any project – in the form of both fire curtains and fire shutters. When it comes to saving lives, having a fool proof, tried and tested method really is crucial. Due to the tragic events recently in London – we can expect to see the government take a close look at these risks and re-evaluate out of date regulations concerning preventative measures, materials and design used in buildings all over the UK.

But, knowing which method can successfully offer the levels of protection necessary to save lives and protect structures from further, costly damage is not always that simple. Fire extinguishers and sprinklers may be adequate for some buildings, but may not always be able to be retrofitted in an existing building. Compartmentation plays a crucial role, acting as a barrier between the blaze and escape route – enabling those trapped inside to evacuate, whilst those fighting can do so safely.

What are Fire Curtains?

Made of E-glass woven lattice material helped by the advancement of fabric technology, fire curtains act as a preventative measure to limit the spread of fire and promote compartmentation. Concealed in the ceiling, the curtains are fully flexible and offer a unique solution to a pressing need. As more and more new buildings adopt an open plan arrangement – the need for an unobtrusive solution that does not compromise on safety is much welcomed.

At the first sign of a fire, Coopers Fire fire curtains are deployed by their total anti-gravity fail safe system – dividing the space between crucial areas such as kitchens, lift shafts and atria.

To find out more about the different types of fire curtains, click here.

What are Fire Shutters?

Fire shutters offer a more robust method of compartmentation, intended to be integrated into the design to ensure total compartmentation around high risk areas such as flammable materials or items of considerable value such as in airports, banks, factories and car parks.

Usually with three differing resistance levels, one, two or four hours respectively, Fire Shutters are designed to close at the first sign of fire. They can be automatically closed after being activated by the a thermal fusible link – which is connected to the building’s fire alarm system.

Which Fire Preventative Measure is for me?

Depending on the nature of usage, the choice of whether to install fire curtains or fire shutters should depend on the nature of the building in question and how well the solutions can be integrated into either the existing or new design.

Coopers Fire Fire Curtains and Shutters – Contact Us

With expert advice from Coopers Fire, your choice of which solution to use to protect against the threat of fire is in safe hands. All our projects are tested in accordance with BS EN standards and are installed and serviced by our highly trained technicians.

For more information on how to protect from the threat of fire, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, either on the phone or via email.

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