Made of Fibre-glass material woven with stainless steel wires, fire curtains are barriers for fire that enable to slower down, eventually stop the movement of fire from Zone 'A' to Zone 'B' in event of a fire erupting in a building/architectural structure for a tested time period. The construction industry is at its peak all over the world, with the aim of building the most complex architectural units and finishing them into office spaces, leisure and residential buildings. The modern architecture demands for more and bigger open spaces, thereby eliminating the wall and partitioning structures from building plans which, on one hand, has helped buildings look spacious and bigger, on the other hand have increased the need of fire partitioning systems due to elimination of wall structures.
In event of a fire, in a building which has been planned out with several walls structures within it, the walls act as barriers that stop the fire from spreading of fire from one area to another, allowing the occupants in the particular area to have a fire free zone to escape. However, the change in building designs and eruption of modern day architecture has led to the growing popularity of fire curtains. In simple terms, fire curtains act as walls and partitions in case of fire, however, in normal conditions, these curtains remain invisible to occupants of the building, while being installed in the ceiling above or in head boxes that are installed above in the ceilings.
Fire Curtains remain virtually invisible during normal conditions in a building, start to descend at a controlled manner, upon receipt of a fire alarm signal to come down and create partition in a fire zone thereby prohibiting fire to escape and spread for a stipulated time period.
Automatic Fire Curtains are designed to operate as soon as they receive a signal from the fire alarm without any manual intervention and create a partition in a fire zone, in event of a fire, to retain it within one zone, providing the occupants a safe escape for a couple of hours, which is dependent upon the integrity of the fabric used to manufacture the fire curtain. A fire curtain is usually fixed in a head box (as shown in image 1) The curtain has side guides that act to create a seal for fire separation and a bottom bar, made of galvanized steel, adding weight onto the curtain system, there by allowing it to descend at a controlled speed using gravity fail safe system.
At Kent Smoke and Fire curtains, we offer fire separation systems, known as the Kent Automatic Fire Curtain, which acts as a barrier to fire, ensuring a safe escape to the citizens of a building during a fire event. These systems equipped with the 'GRAVITY FAIL SAFE SYSTEMS' ensure, the curtains respond, during time of power failure, as a consequence of fire in a building, without dependence upon power or batteries, in a way to provide means to escape without causing harm. The gravity fail safe solution allows the curtains installed with bottom bars, which add weight to the fabric and pull the curtains down and ensured the curtain descend during a total loss of power, having absolutely no dependence upon secondary sources of power.
At Kent, we follow strict standards and ensure quality of systems manufactured. Our systems have met the highest of fire standards and have the best of certification ensuring superior quality of systems. Our team at Kent is Thirty years old in the industry and is equipped to provide design and technical assistance on projects, offering our clients bespoke fire separating solution.
Kent smoke and Fire Curtains offers fire safety systems with three different fabrics, each differing in terms of their fire integrities, having been tested to fire temperatures for 1 to 4 hours. These fabrics are especially formulated fibre-glass fabrics, woven with stainless steel fire and coated with fire retardant pigmented aluminum polyurethane on both sides.