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The Purpose of Smoke Control in Atrium Spaces

When dealing with a large building, atrium spaces present challenges when it comes to building codes. Because of the wide open nature of an atrium, controlling smoke and fire presents a real dilemma. However, in order to allow time for occupants to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency, a smoke management system must

Why Smoke Guard California?

Whether you are doing renovations or starting new construction, it is imperative to adhere to all fire safety building codes. However, just because there are codes to abide by doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Smoke Guard’s fire curtain specialist can help design a specific solution for your situation. We can help integrate atrium

Fire & Smoke Safety for Theaters

Think about the last time you were in a theater or auditorium. When it is time for everyone the leave, inevitably the doorways get quite crowded and you end up sitting in a long line. Now imagine that same scenario during a fire-related emergency. As you can imagine, it is imperative to give as much

Fire Safety in Prisons and Detention Centers

Jails, Prisons and detention centers provide a unique dilemma when it comes to fire and smoke safety. Not only are these buildings already somewhat segmented, but the safety and security of both residents and employees needs to be taken into consideration. Chances are, these buildings already have evacuation procedures in place that need to be

The Disadvantages to a Traditional Fire Door

The classic steel fire door has quite a legacy when it comes to fire protection. These doors are usually quite cost effective so are an easy decision when it comes to trying to pinch pennies. That being said, technology has come a long way and the steel door has quite a few disadvantages to the

Replacing the Traditional Fire Door: Airport Concourses

Traditional fire doors used to be the only option to secure areas from fire and smoke. These doors take up valuable space in hallways and lobbies and can easily be blocked by furniture or other impediments. Luckily, today’s technology provides many other options to keep public areas safe from fire and smoke. Fire and smoke

Replacing the Traditional Fire Door: Hospitals

The International Building Code (IBC) provides the rules and regulations that are most widely adopted in the United States. These construction and design codes provide fire door regulations to ensure the safety of a building’s occupants. For most buildings, fire doors are typically located around stairwells and elevator shafts as to limit the ability for

Substitutes to Enclosed Elevator Lobbies

Did you know smoke inhalation is the leading cause of fire death, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio? Due to that reality, buildings must be designed to protect its occupants from both fire and smoke. Elevators in multi-story buildings present the largest challenge as they can act as chimneys in the case of a fire.

Dissolving the Enclosed Elevator Lobby: The Benefits

When it comes to meeting smoke and fire codes, the enclosed elevator lobby has reigned supreme for many years. While they can be excellent in terms of fire safety, the enclosed elevator lobby can be an eyesore, expensive, and a huge impediment on design or architecture. Furthermore, many older buildings do not have the space

Smoke & Fire Rated Opening Protectives for Internal Windows

When discussing vertically deploying smoke & fire-rated opening protectives, emphasis is always put on doorways or elevators. However, it is also important to consider any internal windows you may have. Take for example, a manufacturing environment. Typically, a manager or supervisor’s office is separated from the main floor, but has a window or two to

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