What is a Fire Compartmentation Survey?
A Fire Compartmentation Survey is comprised of an inspection of all compartment walls, floor voids, ceilings, and roof areas. This includes service risers, above ceilings and beneath raised walls. It aims to assess whether a buildings current fire strategy is in accordance with developing laws and guidelines, as well as determining the likelihood of the fire compartment walls, doors, floors and ceilings obstructing any fire/smoke for the required period for the building including the time it would take to escape said building.
It considers any past work, seals, and compartments, as well as their condition and effectiveness.
From this, a report will be generated detailing and advising any instances of non-compliance as well as areas that require special attention — representative images will also be included, as well as remedial recommendations and all relevant correspondence.
For proper identification and location of all collected data, all our surveys are recorded electronically on either our Bolster or Hilti CFS-DM systems.
Why is a fire compartmentation survey important?
Surveys are crucial because it is critical that fire compartmentation of a building be properly kept, of acceptable quality, and compliant with current laws and rules to keep people safe, safeguard property, and cause minimal damage to the environment.
It’s important to conduct surveys throughout all buildings and sites as needed to highlight and address any potential risk as well as to advise any remedial works. Not only that, but all buildings are structured differently and are comprised of different materials whilst serving different purposes and people. Surveys therefore identify and consider the individual requirements of a structure and the most common demographics occupying it.
For example, it is of great importance to ensure the compartmentation in buildings such as housing, student accommodation, hospitals, care homes, prisons and hotels is highly maintained and compliant. This is because people sleep in these premises, making them extra vulnerable and requiring more time to evacuate and escape a fire.
Some buildings, like care homes and hospital wards, for instance, operate an unorthodox fire evacuation strategy, wherein residents and patients are moved from one compartment of the building to the next as opposed to everyone immediately leaving the building simultaneously. This is called a Progressive Horizontal Evacuation and is considered when a survey is carried out.
Why choose JMPFP?
JMPFP has specialist knowledge conducting surveys for a variety of building types, each of which has their own set of demands and requirements. The following are some notable examples of work carried out by us:
Manchester Piccadilly Phase 3
Liverpool Lime Street Station –
Phase 1, 2, 3, 4
Inspired Property Management
Hunts Cross Healthcare Centre
We have a team of highly trained, skilled labourers, surveyors, and supervisors, along with friendly and attentive office staff working behind the scenes to ensure any concern is addressed and all enquiries are swiftly handled.