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.
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.
While testing and servicing your smoke curtains on a routine basis is a great first step, you should also ensure they are cleaned routinely as well. Let’s look at a few ways to approach cleaning smoke curtains and how to incorporate cleaning them into your regular maintenance routine.
When designing with fire safety in mind, it's important to remember that where there's fire, there's smoke. And smoke can do as much, if not more, damage to your building than fire alone. Smoke curtains can help prevent or lower the amount of damage incurred during and after a fire.