Fire Resistant Curtains: An Overview
Fire resistant curtains afford unrivalled protection from the devastating effects of fire and smoke. They provide a safe and protected means of evacuation, should the need present itself. This is achieved by stopping, controlling and often reducing the spread of smoke and heat through a building.
Fire protective fabrics are manufactured from E-glass and fibreglass materials. This means they do not decompose, shrink, stretch, fade over time or more crucially burn. In fact, glass fibre filaments – when woven with extra threads, often made of metal – can withstand temperatures up to 1000ªC.
Engineers also weave these fibre samples together in different patterns. This gives the fire protective material a variety of strengths and abilities. Consequently, fire curtains are easy to conceal and can be used for a range of applications due to their durable and pliable characteristics.
Protecting A Lift Lobby Area: The Challenges
Notoriously difficult areas to comply with fire and safety regulations are lift and lobby chambers. This difficulty is due to the large open spaces needed for these areas to function correctly.
Open space is one of the hardest design layouts to reconcile with guaranteed fire safety levels. Non-load bearing walls – being absent here – offer vital compartmentation characteristics. Compartmentation works to keep in – or block out – fire, heat and smoke if required. Consequently, the removal of such a wall removes this ability and renders a space open to the potentially devastating effects of fire.
Fire Curtains To The Rescue
Luckily, there are methods around today that have solved this age old open space problem. Fire curtains with smoke control are one such solution:
Because they can be discreetly installed and remain concealed until required and come in all shapes and sizes, fire curtains are an all-encompassing solution to protect lift and lobby environments.
Their ability to divide up and compartment space by offering reliable temporary boundary protection has allowed architects to replace traditional non-loadbearing fire walls and other compartmentation fixtures. As a result, designs today can achieve modern and safe open plan environments.
Fire Resistant Curtains Saving more than just money
Included in all our Coopers Fire fire curtain aftercare packages is the option of regular fire curtain servicing and maintenance. This ensures that fire resistant curtains remain a solution that is not only great value for money but one that is durable and reliable.Ensuring your fire curtain stays fully operationally is not only a legal necessity, but is also vital from a moral and economical viewpoint. Fire curtains safeguard visitors, occupants and inhabitants – not to mention your business and home.
Ensuring your fire curtain stays fully operationally is not only a legal necessity but is also vital from a moral and economical viewpoint. Fire curtains safeguard visitors, occupants and inhabitants – not to mention your business and home.By law, fire curtain servicing should be undertaken by a qualified engineer at least once a year. However, we recommend bi-annual servicing, especially for larger and specifically commercial installations.
By law, fire curtain servicing should be undertaken by a qualified engineer at least once a year. However, we recommend bi-annual servicing, especially for larger and specifically commercial installations.We are the UK’s only fire curtain manufacture that are approved by an Independent Third Party Accreditation to undertake fire curtain servicing. This adds several benefits:
We are the UK’s only fire curtain manufacturer that is approved by an Independent Third Party Accreditation to undertake fire curtain servicing. This adds several benefits:A national team of Coopers Fire specially trained service engineers on-hand, 24/7
- A national team of Coopers Fire specially trained service engineers on-hand, 24/7
- We’re not here just to sell, we ensure that our clients’ fire resistant curtains remain reliable, secure and operational
- All Coopers Fire products are completely compliant with fire regulations and insurance requirements
Combined, these benefits guarantee that your fire curtain will not only perform in the event of a fire but that it will also last. We see fire curtains as life-cycle products and as such we consider the bigger picture. Coopers Fire fire curtain servicing saves lives and money.
Whether it is fire curtains that have been tested to UL or BS EN standards, here at Coopers Fire we help architects to achieve modern open space design. By replacing traditional fire safety precautions with fire curtains, open plan environments can now be firmly in line with fire regulations.