Blowing Smoke: How To Control Smoke In The Event Of A Fire
The biggest threat to human and animal life in a fire is not the flames. It is the smoke. The smoke will suffocate and kill you before the flames and heat ever reach you. If you want a fighting chance at escaping any fire, you should ask a fire protection and smoke reduction consulting agent to look around your home or business and see what can be done. Smoke control system designs can save and protect the lives present in any building, but only if the systems are properly outfitted for the structure and the layout of the home or building.
Smoke Detectors: The First Line of Defense
You probably have smoke detectors in your home and office. In fact, they are a requirement before the property was sold to you. While they are the first line of defense in detecting smoke, they are not effective enough by themselves. The biggest problems with relying solely on smoke detectors is that many people either sleep right through the irritating and piercing noise that they make, or they forget to replace the batteries and no alarm goes off to alert you to the fire. You need more than just one or two smoke detectors on each floor of your home or office building.
Smoke Removal: The Second Line of Defense
Next, you want a smoke control system that actually removes a lot of the smoke that could kill you. Generally, this involves a system that either sucks or blows the smoke out of the building or home. To prevent explosions and backdrafts in places where they are likely, a suction model pulls the smoke from the structure and ejects it out a vent on the side or the roof of the structure. This doubles as an alert for anyone outside who does not know that the house or building is on fire when flames are not yet visible from the street.
When there is little chance of an explosion or backdraft, a smoke blowing system model is used. This blows smoke away from exits so that you can see where to go and how to get there. It also blows smoke away from vital areas, such as bedrooms, where people might be sleeping and unaware of the rolling black smoke clouds along the ceiling. Your consultant can tell you which system is best for the structure you want to ventilate during a fire.