Replacing the Traditional Fire Door: Airport Concourses

Traditional fire doors used to be the only option to secure areas from fire and smoke.

Traditional fire doors take up valuable space in hallways and lobbies and can easily be blocked by furniture or other impediments. Luckily, today’s technology provides many other options to keep public areas safe from fire and smoke.

Fire and smoke safety is especially important in airports. In fact, airports essentially have two separate fire management systems as they need to serve separate purposes. First, let’s look at the main concourses.

Airport concourses usually consist of long hallways and large open spaces. Smoke curtains help section off larger spaces to contain the spread of smoke and fire and allow people to escape to safety. Meanwhile, the curtains allow fire personnel to easily enter affected areas. Flexible smoke curtains can also be used in conjunction with an exhaust system to remove smoke and toxins from the concourses.

Many airport concourses contain stairwells, escalators, and even trams or monorails. Deployable curtains along escalators or tram tunnels help keep smoke away from exits to provide a safe path for airport patrons.

Smoke rated curtains can be linked to an alarm system for automatic deployment or will independently deploy in the case power fails.

Smoke Guard California has helped many large airports in California & Northern Nevada to help deploy fire and smoke management systems to keep their patrons safe in the event of a fire emergency. For more information on a custom smoke containment systems call one of our Smoke Guard reps today.