Last updated on July 24th, 2019 at 06:25 pm
Smoke ventilation systems add an extra layer of safety to your home or business.
Did you know that the majority of fatalities associated with fire are not in fact due to the fire itself but more specifically to the noxious smoke and gases that are emitted by the fire! Therefore, it makes sense that serious thought must be given on how best to protect loved ones, employees and associates from harm's way.
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What is a smoke ventilation system
Smoke ventilation control systems are required in all buildings, private and public, and adhere to strict installation and maintenance code compliance. The main purpose of a ventilation system is to transport the flow of toxic smoke, created by a fire, away from escape routes and out of the burning structure. This facilitates the building occupants' fast and safe exit away from the harmful smoke and gases that may be developing within the structure.
Types of smoke ventilation systems
Smoke ventilation solutions for your home or business include ‘mechanically opening vents', operated by an actuator, and ‘drop-out vents', made from plastic which shrinks upon contact with heat. These ventilation systems range from simple strategically installed vents and windows in the upper part of a building to more complex smoke control systems such as vertical Smoke Shafts, and Automatic Opening Vents (AOV's), as well as Stairwell AOV's. These Smoke Vents may be operated manually, mechanically or via remote control but here one should seek professional advice, for the type of vent one installs will be dependent on the layout and design of the building as the smoke ventilation system components must meet with strict industry standards and regulations.
- Automatic Opening Vents (AOV's) are supplied in varying shapes, sizes and formats and made from materials such as metal and plastic. They are installed on the outside walls or roof of a building and operate via a control panel and actuator.
- Roof Vents are generally installed at the top of a smoke shaft, and/or emergency exit stairway and operate automatically. When smoke sets off a smoke detector the main control panel is triggered and instructed to open the AOV's, thus drawing the smoke up and out of the building.
Smoke ventilation, cost vs safety
Obviously when considering energy saving measures the more simplified natural options of ventilation will ultimately be the most cost-effective, but again there are limitations with this type of solution for ventilation and since this is such a serious matter then safety rather than cost-effectiveness should be the priority.
Search for a ventilation expert
Seriously consider a detailed consultation with smoke ventilation experts to ease your mind when confronted with the task of incorporating safety solutions into your home. Search for a reputable ventilation system expert with many years of experience in the field of natural and smoke ventilation systems. A ventilation engineer will be able to review the details of your new or existing property and offer expert guidance every step of the way, from architecture and design to product supply, installation and maintenance. A good company will adhere to all British and European industry standards and supply innovative yet cost-effective smoke ventilation solutions.
Security for your home or business is a priority and thus the decision on which smoke ventilation system is right for your property must be made wisely. Be fully informed on all your options before making what could be a life-threatening decision for you and your family.