Automatic smoke ventilation systems

supplied and installed across the UK

For design, installation, repairs or servicing of automatic opening vents you are in the right place with Securicom Services Ltd in Great Yarmouth.
Considering the incorporation of a smoke control system when designing a building can significantly add to the improvement of both the protection of the building and the life of the people within it.
Smoke control systems are available in a variety of forms and can vary quite a lot in their complexity. Also referred to as ‘smoke vents’, fire ventilation or AOV’s (automatic operating vents), their operation and objectives are much the same.

Smoke control system objectives:

  • Maintain smoke free escape routes
  • Create a smoke free layer to aid fire fighters
  • To delay/ prevent flash over and the development of full fire
  • To reduce thermal damage to the structural components of a building during a fire
  • Reduce damage caused by the heat and smoke of the fire
  • Smoke ventilation

    Smoke vents can, on the face of things, seem to go against advice you may have had previously when it comes to controlling a fire. You would normally advise to shut all doors and windows to prevent the source of oxygen reaching the fire.
    However, in the majority of cases, the smoke, rather than the fire heat itself is the more immediate danger to any building occupants. Smoke in a building causes two immediate dangers to any occupants, the first being inhalation and the second being reduced visibility, therefore hindering the attempt to evacuate. Smoke can rapidly fill the largest areas of a building, even from a relatively small fire.

    It is important not to confuse the two types of smoke ventilation systems. The first is: Ventilation systems for smoke clearance

    Apartment blocks and hotels have ventilation systems installed for smoke clearance in the stairwells and corridors, they are also commonly used in underground car parks or basements occupied by working personnel.
    Their primary function is to clear smoke to allow access in common areas that may become smoke filled during, or following a fire. Their sole purpose is not to protect the evacuation of occupants from the building. Building regulations require that escape routes are designed to allow evacuation before smoke reaches a life threatening level.

    Another type of smoke ventilation is ventilation systems for life safety

    Large warehouses and public buildings such as shopping centres and areas of entertainment would utilise ventilation systems for life safety.
    The main reason for this, is that the escape routes in such premises can be more timely, complicated or greater to negotiate than building regulations would normally specify.
    Such systems are designed to vent a volume of smoke from such premises to allow persons escaping a clear layer. This in turn, reduces the danger of smoke inhalation and reduced visibility.
    For more information or to arrange a free, no obligation consultation please contact Securicom Services Ltd today.

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