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Lift Shaft PFP
UKFSI - the only UK company to specialise in passive fire protection systems for the Lift Industry.
Modern lift installations are designed to form part of a buildings fire safety strategy. Standard Passenger lifts return to the bottom floor and are rendered out of service when a building’s fire alarm is activated. Fire Fighting Lifts are specifically designed to be used by the Fire and Rescue Service personnel to help tackle a fire. Evacuation lifts are designed to help less ambulant people leave a building in the event of an emergency. These emergency usage lifts can only operate as they were designed to, if the enclosures they are in is adequately protected from the effects of fire and water.
Example of PFP within a lift shaft
EN81-58 COMPLIANT LIFT LANDING DOORS are designed to stop the passage of fire, smoke and heat into a lift shaft (and moving to other areas of a building) for a specific time period. For these fire doors to be effective they must be installed exactly as they were fire tested - eg correct brackets and fixings. Any gaps or imperfections of fit between the frame and the lift shaft wall must also be adequately fire stopped. This is so the fire resistance of the entrance is not impaired.
The number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation; it is the most common cause of death at the scene of a fire. An estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries. A lift shaft with inadequate fire stopping could provide a ready pathway for fire and smoke to travel upwards in a multi-storey building. This could pose a significant risk to the building and its occupants
LIFT SHAFT FIRE SAFETY SURVEYS BY UKFSI
Under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005. All organisations must ensure that fire protection components within their building are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are in a good condition. Lift shafts are usually the one compartment within a building that connects all other compartments. They are also the one area that is NEVER included in a FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT.
If you’ve already had a fire risk assessment completed on your property/business. It will probably say “lift shaft not assessed”
LIFT FIRE SURVEYS PROVIDED BY UKFSI
Standard Passenger/Goods Lift Fire Safety and Compartmentation Report:
Examination & Certification of lift shaft and lift motor room passive fire protection (to current building regulations). This includes any fire recall switch tests and a full compartmentation report.
Fire Fighting Lift Operational Inspection Report:
Thorough examination and test of various items relating to the operation of your lift in the event of a building fire. This includes a full detailed report on the level of passive fire protection with your lift shaft and a full compartmentation report.
Evacuation Lift Operational Inspection Report:
Thorough examination and test of various items related to the operation of your lift in the event of a building emergency. This includes full detailed report on the level of passive fire protection with your lift shaft and a full compartmentation report.
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