Fire, Security & Life Safety Systems
Fire shutters can be an effective way to contain potential fires and prevent the spread of fire and smoke, which can be a risk to anyone on your commercial premises.
Fire shutters must be compliant with the latest standards within the BS EN 16034:2014 & CE-marked to BS EN 13241-1:2003. There are strict regulations to make sure the shutters do an effective job of suppressing fires.
What Are Fire Shutters?
Fire shutters, also referred to as fire shutter curtains, are a fire safety measure that can be used in commercial and industrial buildings. Similar in look to other types of commercial shutter doors, they have specific fire-protection properties.
They are designed to seal off an area from the rest of the building in order to contain a fire, and stop it from spreading, working in a similar way to a fire door, but using a shutter design.
Fire shutters can be either manual or automatic, and are usually made from steel or aluminium. They are rated in terms of how long they can withstand a fire for. This is known as the fire resistance level (FRL).
Shutters can be installed in a number of different locations, from car parks and loading bays to stairwells and server rooms.
How Do Fire Shutters Work?
In the event of a fire, fire shutters will be able to close and seal off the area that is at risk, sometimes automatically. This contains the fire and prevents it from spreading to other parts of the building.
Automatic fire shutters are usually linked to the fire alarm system, and will close when the fire alarm is triggered.
Manual fire shutters can be closed manually using a fire shutter fire control panel, by someone on-site, or they may have a break glass unit that can be used to trigger them in an emergency. These shutters may also be closed as a matter of course, for instance overnight when nobody is on the premises.
Benefits of Fire Shutters
There are a number of benefits to having fire shutters installed in your commercial property:
- Fire shutters can help to contain a fire and prevent it from spreading.
- They can provide extra security for your premises, deterring burglars and vandals.
- They can also help to keep out draughts and noise.
- Fire retardant shutters can be automated to quickly close when a fire is detected.
Fire Shutter Installation
Robinsons Facilities Services can install fire shutters to your commercial property quickly and efficiently. Our experienced and accredited team will work with you to ensure that your fire shutter installation meets all the relevant fire safety regulations, and links with other systems including your fire alarm system.
Fire Shutter Maintenance
We can also provide a maintenance service across Yorkshire and the north of England, to ensure that your fire shutters are always in good working order.
Shutters must be compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which explains that fire doors require mandatory servicing to help them to stay effective in the event of an emergency. Your shutters may also be a key part of your fire risk assessment.
Our trained and experienced team can offer thorough and efficient maintenance services across the North of England, ensuring that your fire shutters are always up to scratch, and in line with the Health and Safety Act 1974.
For more information about our fire shutter installation and other fire protection services, and to work with us to create a planned preventative maintenance schedule for your fire safety equipment, contact us today.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.
Fire Shutters FAQs
A fire shutter is usually made from steel and a fire curtain is made out of glass fibre fabric which can also provide resistance from fire. They appear very different but serve a similar purpose, though one may be more suitable than another for your space.
We recommend a full inspection every six months including a fire shutter servicing. This can check that everything is in working order and offering the protection level required.
Often just called fire doors, these are doors with specific fire rating and a design to prevent fire from spreading throughout a building. They may be advised as part of your fire risk assessment.