The Differences Between Smoke Management & Smoke Containment

There are two types of smoke management systems: passive and active.

Active smoke management systems utilize mechanical equipment to control the spread of smoke through exhaust or evacuation systems. Exhaust vents located near or in the ceilings evacuate smoke from the building to allow additional time for people to evacuate.

Due to the various mechanical parts and pieces, implementing an active smoke management system requires complex engineering that can add to budgets and deadlines. Furthermore, smoke exhaust systems need a backup power source in the event of a power outage caused by a fire.

Passive smoke management, on the other hand, does not require mechanical systems to support them. Instead, flexible fire and smoke curtains serve to contain the fire and smoke to certain areas and provide safe exit pathways for tenants/visitors. A passive smoke management system, or smoke containment system, incorporates smoke and fire-rated curtains to compartmentalize fire and smoke keeping it out of the paths of egress.

Whether you are looking for an active or passive smoke management system, Smoke Guard California has many options for a variety of applications. With a multitude of finishes and dimensions, Smoke Guard manufactures smoke management and containment options for new construction and remodels. Contact us today for more information.