Shutters in general have great advantages when it comes to protecting buildings- however fire shutters come with added abilities, which means that we must consider every angle they offer. Here is the lowdown on fire shutters…
The Role of Fire Shutters
In this day and age, fire shutters tend to form part of a building’s fire strategy. Coupled with other systems such as sprinklers and smoke extractors, they make a building much safer for residents or members of staff. The overall role of fire shutters is to compartmentalise a building and, thus, try and stop a fire from spreading. Subsequently, this allows anybody who happens to find themselves inside a burning building extra time to evacuate safely.
How Fire Shutters Work
Unlike static barriers which are permanently visible and tend to remain fixed in position, a fire shutter will only move into operation in the event of a fire. This means that a fire shutter tends to be included in a building’s fire safety system and will close automatically when a fire alarm is signalled. It is important to remember that fire shutters may close under their own weight at this signal rather closing quickly- however more modern fire shutters tend to close at a controlled speed.
Other modern features mean that fire shutters have actually become more sophisticated over time. For example, it is very common for fire shutters to deploy at a safe pre-determined height so that they can act as a smoke barrier whilst still allowing people to escape. After a certain amount of time has passed, the shutter will then close completely to provide a full fire-resistant barrier. All this is possible in combination with a Fire Detection Interface (FDI), which can act as an alarm to alert people when the fire shutter will close completely.
Here at ABC Shutters, we have an excellent range of fire shutters perfect to provide the best fire protection for your buildings. Get in contact with the best shutters Manchester has to offer today to find out more information!