What is Passive Fire Protection?
Modern building frameworks are interspersed with multiple utility and network services including cables, pipes and ventilation ducts in both horizontal and vertical directions, resulting in countless penetrations through most of the walls and floors.
Each of these penetrations and every joint between different building structures, elements and areas, is potentially a passage for the spread of flames, heat and toxic smoke into adjoining rooms and areas, which – in the worst case – may result in uncontrolled fire propagation throughout the entire building.
- This is why fire protection is so important.
Where to use Passive Fire Protection Products?
Sika’s passive fire protection solutions are designed to to seal all types of building joints and penetrations to ensure the fire stays in defined compartments, allowing people to evacuate safely.
Sika passive fire protection solutions comply with the higherst international standards (including EN, UL, EAD (ETAG), ASTM, AS, Certifire). Find out more here.
Whilst active fire protection systems such as sprinklers, can extinguish fires, passive fire protection is designed to prevent the spread of fire and contain it in defined compartments to minimize damage and – even more importantly – to allow people in other compartments time to evacuate safely.In the event of a fire, the heat and smoke will spread through penetrations and joints in the walls and floors, causing damage, endangering people and potentially also blocking escape routes.