While planning for fire safety has always been an integral part of building design, smoke containment has only become an important consideration in recent decades. This is even more true for the elevator shaft. From increasing evacuation times for building occupants to helping firefighters and first responders quickly navigate building floors, installing elevator smoke curtains with fire-rated elevator doors can greatly enhance the safety of your building during an emergency. Let’s explore some of the most important things your clients need to know about elevator smoke containment and how you can help them understand the advantages of a properly installed smoke curtain system.
Protecting your property from smoke damage is easier than ever before with today’s technology. Currently, there are two common methods of smoke management — active and passive — which mitigate the spread and damage of smoke, protect your building and save lives. Let’s explore the difference between active and passive smoke management and how to implement both systems in your building.
Fire has played a crucial role in the development of every human civilization, but it also poses a significant threat to human life and property. Over the centuries, humans have learned valuable lessons about the importance of fire safety and protection. Today, we have sophisticated smoke curtains, fire curtains, and other active and passive smoke control systems that help us mitigate the dangers of fire.
Smoke curtains have become an increasingly popular safety solution in commercial and industrial buildings, especially as architectural trends have led to a wider variety of structures. Smoke and fire safety is always a top priority, and understanding how smoke curtains fit within the codes and standards for fire protection systems is vital for architects and building owners looking to keep the integrity of the design as well as building safety.
Smoke gaskets or smoke seals are designed to fill the gaps between a door’s leaf and frame and expand under heat. This gasket system prevents smoke and fire from getting to other parts of your building through infiltration. They offer a lot to the safety of your building’s design, but are they required? In some situations and types of buildings, gaskets are almost always required. Preventing the passage of smoke and fire to other parts of your building is crucial, and in some cases, life-saving.
Designing entryways and doorways in a building isn’t always the most exciting part, but when taking safety into consideration, few factors are more important than the doors. There is a wide variety of door designs to work with, but not all of them offer the fire protection necessary for commercial buildings.
Hotels are all about the guest experience, which is oftentimes associated with excellent service, amenities, a beautiful location and gorgeous rooms that make guests feel at home. However, one of the key elements of the perfect guest experience is something that doesn’t get as much mention as other fun features. It’s much more practical yet essential to ensure guest satisfaction — this element is safety.