Smoke Ventilation Systems
Smoke ventilation systems, or smoke control systems, or automatic opening vents (AOVs) are installed to protect people and property, making them a vital part of a buildings fire safety strategy. Their designs can vary but their job is always to vent smoke, fumes and heat out of a building during a fire. They are placed on roofs and wall spaces and are triggered to work by heat and/or smoke detectors activating in the event of a fire in a building, whereby the smoke vents open automatically, allowing smoke and fumes to escape and bring fresh air into the building. This helps create smoke free zones, in common areas of the building such as corridors and stairwells, which assists with the safe evacuation of persons from the premises. They also aid in preventing a build-up of heat in the building which helps to maintain its structural integrity.
With such an important role to play in the fire strategy of a building, the need to maintain them correctly is of utmost importance to help keep a building and its occupants safe. Through our specialist contractor we can provide you with inspection and testing of smoke vent systems in accordance with BS 7346:8 (Components for smoke control systems. Code of practice for planning, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance) and BS 9999 (Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. Code of practice). Rope access solutions are available for smoke vents in difficult/inaccessible high-level locations.