IFSEC Global: A beginner’s guide to passive fire protection

Knowledge is key and WOBO fully supports personal development and encourages the introduction of “future Code Officials” and their learning – back to basics.  This article reinforces the learning in respect of passive fire protection

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What is passive fire protection?

Passive fire protection (PFP), also known as Built Fire Protection, is an important component of any fire safety strategy. It plays a vital, and increasingly significant, role in safeguarding people, as well as limiting damage to buildings and their contents from fire and smoke.

How does passive fire protection work? 

Passive fire protection works by:

  • Using fire-resistant walls and floors to limit the spread of fire, heat, and smoke by containing it in a single compartment in its area of origin
  • Protecting escape routes and providing vital escape time for occupants
  • Protecting a building’s critical structural members
  • Protecting a building’s assets

Passive fire protection works in conjunction with active fire prevention, such as sprinkler systems, suppression systems and extinguishers, and fire safety education of building occupants.

Whose responsibility is passive fire protection? 


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