Why do you need a fire curtain?
Whenever and wherever a new building is built - commercial or domestic - it has to comply with strict fire safety regulations. For designers, architects, contractors and builders, these regulations have the ability to throw a build into disarray if these aspects are not properly thought out.
Cue Fire Curtains…..fire curtains help designers achieve modern, open plan environments that are in line with stringent fire regulations. This makes fire curtains both discreet and unobtrusive, whilst also enabling completely fire safe open spaces.
Fire curtains boast exceptionally high standards of fire protection. They can withstand incredibly high temperatures for up to 180 minutes.
Most fire protective fabrics are made from E-glass. This allows both pliability and a variety of strengths to be achieved through weaving the glass fibre filaments in different patterns. This sort of basic fire resistant fabric can withstand temperatures of up to 600°C.
Alternatively, Coopers Fire fire curtains have a metal thread woven into this glass fibre fabric. This adds strength, resistance and increases the temperature resistance to up to 1000°C and more.
Furthermore, different metals and different coatings can be used to offer a variety of additional properties. In turn, fire curtains can be built to suit a particular application or system.
Like cars, fire curtains also need servicing!
Fire curtains are part of a building’s life support system. Consequently, servicing packages should make sure that they continue to protect a building and its occupants from fire and smoke.
Coopers Fire are the UK’s only Independent Third Party Accreditation for service of fire and smoke curtains; this carries with it several benefits:
• A national team of Coopers Fire specially trained service engineers on-hand, 24/7.
• We ensure our client’s fire curtains remain reliable, secure and operational.
• All Coopers Fire products are completely compliant with fire regulations and insurance requirements.
These benefits combined, guarantee that your fire curtain will not only perform in the event of a fire but that it will also last.
Coopers Fire commitment and dedication to advancing fire fabric technology has led our engineers to set the high standards that fire experts have come to expect and architects rely upon to help their designs meet fire regulations.
While standard fire curtains hold back flames, there will still be heat transfer. Fire curtains that utilise intumescent coatings can provide a thermal barrier. This allows people to evacuate from nearby areas. As a result, this has greatly extended the possible applications for these barriers.
Fire curtains can be used in various applications, the most popular being:
• Atrium, Lobbies & Receptions
• Openings in Walls
• Egress & Corridor Separation
• Boundary Protection
• Stairs & Escalators
• Lifts & Lift Lobbies
• Protected Means of Escape
Whether it is fire curtains that have been tested to BS EN or UL standards, at Coopers Fire we help architects to achieve modern open space design. By replacing traditional fire safety precautions with fire curtains, open plan environments can now be firmly in line with fire regulations.