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Protecting Your Premises: The Ultimate Guide to Fire Rated Security Shutters

17th May 2024

Understanding Fire-Rated Shutters

The safety and protection of your premises should always be a top priority, especially when it comes to fire protection. This is where fire rated security shutters come into play.

Importance of Fire-Rated Shutters

Fire-rated shutters are a vital component in any fire protection system. They are specifically designed to compartmentalise spaces and prevent the rapid spread of fire and smoke within buildings. This is particularly important in venues such as village halls, bars, hotels, and clubs, where there's a need to install fire protection over kitchen serveries.

These shutters are constructed from fire-resistant materials such as steel, rigorously tested, and certified to withstand intense heat and flames for a specific period of time. They're equipped with advanced fire detection and suppression systems that can detect the presence of fire and automatically activate the shutter, aiding in preventing extensive damage from fires.

Fire roller shutters are especially crucial for buildings that handle hazardous materials or house valuable equipment. These shutters prevent the spread of flames, providing a robust line of defence against fire. They are generally made of fireproof materials like steel and can be customised to meet the specific fire safety requirements of each building.

Benefits of Fire-Rated Shutters

There are numerous advantages to installing fire-rated shutters. One of the main benefits is life safety; by preventing the spread of fire and smoke, these shutters provide crucial time for building occupants to evacuate safely during a fire.

They also contribute significantly to property protection by safeguarding valuable assets, equipment, and inventory within the building from the spread of fire, thereby reducing potential damage.

Fire-rated shutters also ensure compliance with building codes and can provide insurance benefits. In addition, they offer peace of mind, knowing that your property is equipped with a reliable fire protection system.

Fire-rated shutter products by Security Direct UK have been independently tested and certified by Exova to Fire Standards BS476 and BS EN 1634. The fire shutters are certified to 1hr, 2hr, and 4hr, depending on specific fire strategy requirements. These shutters can be used daily as security shutters and are activated by devices like heat detectors, fire alarms, or fusible links.

To learn more about fire-rated shutters and their benefits, check out our fire rated shutters benefits page. If you're ready to install or upgrade your fire protection system, contact us today for help and advice.

Types of Fire-Rated Shutters

Choosing the right type of fire-rated shutters is crucial to ensuring the safety of your premises. In this section, we'll look at three main types of fire rated security shutters: Fire-Rated Roller Shutters, Compact Fire Shutters, and Industrial Fire Shutters.

Fire-Rated Roller Shutters

Fire-rated roller shutters are engineered to provide optimal protection against the spread of fire and smoke within buildings. These shutters are constructed from fire-resistant materials such as steel, rigorously tested, and certified to withstand intense heat and flames for a specific period of time. They are equipped with advanced fire detection and suppression systems that can detect the presence of fire and automatically activate the shutter, aiding in preventing extensive damage from fires.

One of the key benefits of fire-rated roller shutters is their ability to compartmentalize spaces, slowing down the spread of fire and smoke, and providing crucial time for building occupants to evacuate safely. For more information on fire-rated roller shutters, visit our page on fire rated roller doors.

Compact Fire Shutters

For smaller openings such as kitchen serveries or reception counters, Compact Fire Shutters are an ideal choice. These shutters are available in 30min, 60min, 120min, and 240min fire ratings to suit all levels of fire protection. They are tested and certified to new fire standards BS EN 16034:2014 and are CE Marked to BS EN 13241-1:2003.

Compact Fire Shutters offer an effective solution for premises with smaller openings that still require robust fire protection. For more details on Compact Fire Shutters, visit our fire resistant roller shutters page.

Industrial Fire Shutters

Industrial Fire Shutters are designed for larger openings (up to 12m wide) and are tested to stop the spread of fire between 1-4 hours. They use Single (240V) or 3 Phase (415V) Inline Industrial Motors and are supplied with a Fusible Link which melts at 67 degrees and automatically closes the shutter in a fire situation.

Moreover, these shutters are independently tested and certified by Exova to Fire Standards BS476 and BS EN 1634. They come standard in Galvanised finish but can be Powder Coated in any BS or RAL color to match the customer's color scheme. They can be connected to a fire alarm via an interface panel for automatic descent in the event of an alarm signal.

Industrial Fire Shutters provide a high level of protection for larger commercial premises such as village halls, bars, hotels, and clubs. For more information on Industrial Fire Shutters, visit our fire rated shutters suppliers page.

In conclusion, the type of fire-rated shutter suitable for your premises depends on various factors such as the size of the openings, fire protection needs, and the specific fire strategy requirements. It's important to consult with fire rated shutters manufacturers to ensure you select the most suitable shutters for your premises, ensuring compliance with fire-rated shutters regulations.

Features of Fire-Rated Shutters

Fire-rated security shutters are more than just a security measure. They are a crucial component of the fire protection systems in commercial and residential buildings. In this section, we will explore the construction materials, testing and certification, and activation mechanisms of these shutters.

Construction Materials

Fire-rated shutters are typically constructed from fire-resistant materials such as steel. These materials have been rigorously tested and certified to withstand intense heat and flames for a specific period of time. They play a vital role in preventing the spread of fire and smoke, offering life-saving benefits by providing crucial time for building occupants to evacuate safely during a fire. They are also crucial for property protection, safeguarding valuable assets, equipment, and inventory within a building from the spread of fire and reducing damage.

Testing and Certification

The reliability of fire-rated shutters is ensured through independent testing and certification. For instance, our fire-rated shutter products have been independently tested and certified by Exova to Fire Standards BS476 and BS EN 1634. They are certified to withstand fire for 1hr, 2hr, or 4hr, depending on specific fire strategy requirements. This certification process guarantees that the shutters will perform as expected in the event of a fire, providing a crucial layer of fire protection for your premises.

Activation Mechanisms

Fire-rated shutters are equipped with advanced fire detection and suppression systems that can detect the presence of fire and automatically activate the shutter. This automatic activation plays a crucial role in preventing extensive damage from fires, as it allows the shutters to compartmentalize spaces and prevent the rapid spread of fire and smoke within buildings.

These shutters can be activated by devices like heat detectors, fire alarms, or fusible links. Once activated, they create a fire-resistant barrier, helping to contain the fire and limit its spread.

Understanding these features of fire-rated shutters can help you make an informed decision when choosing the best fire rated shutters for your premises. Remember, the safety of your occupants and the protection of your property are of paramount importance, and investing in high-quality, certified fire-rated shutters can provide peace of mind and security. For more on the benefits of these shutters, visit our page on fire rated shutters benefits.

Applications of Fire-Rated Shutters

Fire rated security shutters have a wide range of applications. They provide an essential layer of fire protection in various commercial settings, serving as a robust barrier against the spread of fire and smoke. Let's explore some of the key applications of fire-rated shutters.

Kitchen Serveries

In kitchen serveries, fire-rated shutters play a crucial role in preventing the spread of fire. They're constructed from fire-resistant materials and can withstand intense heat and flames for a specified period of time. These shutters offer fire containment, life safety, and property protection benefits, making them crucial for ensuring the safety of kitchen staff and preventing extensive damage in the event of a fire. As a result, they're a common sight in village halls, bars, and hotels with kitchen serveries.

Bars and Clubs

In the bustling environment of bars and clubs, fire-rated shutters serve as an essential safety feature. They're designed to compartmentalise spaces and prevent the rapid spread of fire and smoke within the establishment. These shutters can be activated by heat detectors or fire alarms, providing an effective means of fire protection. By containing the fire, fire-rated shutters help ensure the safety of patrons and staff, as well as minimise property damage.

Hotels and Resorts

For hotels and resorts, fire safety is of paramount importance. Fire-rated shutters enhance these safety measures, tested and certified to withstand fire for a certain duration. This provides valuable time for evacuation and prevents the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building. By installing fire-rated shutters in key areas, such as stairwells and corridors, hotels and resorts can effectively protect guests and staff in the event of a fire, ensuring their safety and minimising property damage.

Across all these applications, the common thread is the need for robust, reliable fire protection. Fire-rated shutters offer this protection, helping to contain fires and safeguard properties. To explore further, visit our pages on fire rated window shutters, fire rated roller doors and fire resistant roller shutters. If you're considering installing fire-rated shutters, you can contact us, as well as details on costs here. For more on the benefits and regulatory compliance of fire-rated shutters, click here and here, respectively.

Fire Curtains for Fire Protection

In addition to fire rated security shutters, fire curtains provide an effective fire protection solution for buildings requiring compartmentalisation against the spread of fire and smoke. These systems are especially beneficial when installed over kitchen serveries in village halls, bars, hotels, and clubs.

Functionality of Fire Curtains

Fire curtains are designed to stop the spread of fire for up to 2 hours and are commonly used in areas such as reception counters, kitchen serveries, stores, lifts, and open plan residential applications. These curtains are made of fire-resistant materials such as Kevlar fabric, providing buildings with ultimate protection against the spread of fire and smoke.

When not in use, fire curtains remain concealed within the ceiling or above openings, allowing for an unobstructed view and easy access. Fire curtains can be activated by an independent heat detector or fire alarm depending on the site requirements, and are designed to be in the up position at all times and close only in a fire situation.

There are two types of fire curtains available: standard fire curtains and fire and smoke curtains. The latter has additional smoke seals in the guide rails, which stop the spread of smoke. Both types of curtains have been independently tested and certified to Fire Standards BS476 and BS EN 1634 by Exova.

Benefits of Fire Curtains

Installing fire curtains offers several advantages to your establishment. Some of these benefits include effective fire containment, smoke control, and architectural integration. These curtains offer the ability to create clear escape routes for building occupants and can be customised to fit different architectural designs and openings.

One of the key benefits of fire curtains is their ability to provide a barrier against fire and smoke while still allowing for safe egress in the event of an emergency. They can also be integrated with other fire safety systems such as sprinkler systems and smoke detectors to provide a comprehensive fire protection strategy.

Fire curtains typically require less maintenance compared to traditional fire doors, which can result in cost savings and increased reliability. Furthermore, the presence of fire curtains may lead to reduced insurance premiums as they are seen as an effective fire safety measure.

For further information on how fire curtains can enhance your fire protection strategy alongside fire rated security shutters, feel free to explore our site for more on fire rated shutter compliance and fire rated shutter benefits.

Installation and Maintenance

When it comes to the installation and maintenance and servicing of fire rated security shutters, it is crucial to adhere to specific guidelines and regulations to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.

Installation Guidelines

Fire-rated shutters, such as the Compact Fire Shutter, must be installed with careful attention to their operational requirements. For instance, they should be wired into a Fire Alarm System or an independent heat detector for smooth operation in the event of a fire. The shutters also come with a Dual Pole Surface Mounted Keyswitch & Battery Backup, allowing the shutter to self-close in the event of a power failure. In addition, there is a manual override for operation by the fire brigade if necessary.

Remember, Compact Fire Shutters are only available with a Single Phase Tube Motor, but they can be fully automated and connected to the Fire Alarm with various control options for enhanced functionality.

Maintenance of Fire-Rated Shutters

Maintenance of fire rated security shutters is as important as their installation. Regular checks and servicing ensure that the shutters continue to function correctly and efficiently, providing the much-needed fire protection.

Maintenance should involve periodic checks of the shutters' operational mechanisms, including the Single Phase Tube Motor, the battery backup system, and the manual override system. It is also advisable to inspect the integrity of the shutter's construction materials, such as the Single skin 76mm (3'') curved steel slat and Galvanized steel casing & end plates.

Compliance with Regulations

Fire-rated shutters must comply with specific regulations to ensure their effectiveness in fire protection. As of November 1st, 2019, all fire shutters must be CE marked according to new government legislation. Products tested to 2008 certification are now prohibited by law. Instead, fire shutters must be tested to the NEW Fire Standards BS EN 16034:2014 and must be CE Marked to BS EN 13241-1:2003..

In conclusion, the installation and maintenance of fire-rated shutters require careful attention to detail and adherence to specific guidelines and regulations. By ensuring that your shutters are correctly installed, regularly maintained, and compliant with regulations, you can be confident in the robust fire protection they provide for your premises. For more information on fire rated security shutters, visit our fire rated shutters compliance page.

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