Passive Fire Protection

Create Your Directory Account


Passive Fire Protection


The following is an extract from 'ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors'

Passive Fire Protection products are those 'built-in' to to the fabric of a building to restrict the growth and spread of fire and smoke. They do this by controlling the flammability of wall and ceiling linings; dividing the building into fire-resisting compartments; providing protection to the structure of the building to prevent its collapse; and providing protective routes for escape.

PFP products include: fire doors, fire-resisting walls, floors and ceilings, fire-resisting ducts and dampers, fire-stopping, and fire protection to structural members.

The supporting guidance documents to the Building Regulations make reference to the PFP in a building. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the PFP measures that need to be considered are detailied in the following documents:

Much of the PFP included in the supporting guidance documents is designed to ensure that in the event of fire, the occupants can escape from a building; fire will not spread easily within it or to other buildings; the fire and rescure service can attend safety; and the building will not collapse prematurely.

As part of undertaking a fire risk assessment, fire risk assessors will need to undertake an evaluation of PFP in a building. Whilst much of the information given in the guide relates to the regulations listed above, this is mostly given in terms of fire-resistance using conventional failure criteria. In practice, smoke is one of the major causes of deaths in fire and consequently a competent risk assessor should concentrate on passive fire protection measures that restrict the spread of smoke within the building.

Search results

  1. EAPFP offers CE Marking advice

    The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has released a simple guide to CE-Marking for passive ...

  2. ASFP seeks support for developing operable curtains guidance

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is seeking assistance from individuals, manufacturers or ...

  3. New president for the EAPFP

    Vicente Mans, representing the passive fire protection sector group in the Spanish Association of Fire Protection ...

  4. National approvals for CE marked products a barrier to trade says EAPFP

    The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has declared additional national approvals for ...

  5. Three Cs key to improving fire safety awareness says ASFP President

    The Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s President Brian Robinson has called on the fire sector and the ...

  6. EAPFP backs European guide to intumescent coatings for constructional steel

    The European Association for Passive Fire Protection ( EAPFP) has joined with CEPE (the European Council of paint, ...

  7. EAPFP appoints new presidential team

    The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) appointed a new presidential team at its general ...

  8. EAPFP calls for a single façade test method in Europe

    ... system in the European Union, the European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) is calling for a single test method to be ...

  9. EAPFP calls for improved standards for fire engineering across Europe

    The European Association for Passive Fire Protection is spearheading a campaign to raise standards in fire ...

  10. Fire doors – a key line of hospital defence

    ... Senior Consultant at BM TRADA, discusses the key role of fire doors within healthcare premises, highlighting the importance of training ...


Means of Escape Newsletters