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The integrity of the fire compartmentation in a building is critical as it not only can save lives, but also the building itself.

No matter what type of building you’re responsible for, a Compartmentation Survey will reveal any weaknesses and provide a clear picture of how the spread of fire and smoke can be prevented in the event of a fire. Effective fire compartmentation slows or stops the spread of fire and smoke in a building. By using fire doors, and fire-resisting walls, floors and glazing to subdivide a building into “compartments” escape routes can be kept safe and the risk of significant damage in high-value or high-risk areas can be prevented.

Why do you need fire compartmentation?

Effective fire compartmentation can contain a fire for a minimum of thirty minutes. Which is why, if there is a stay-put policy in a building, it is vital that the integrity of the compartmentation is regularly inspected and maintained using fire safety systems that are fit for purpose and installed by third party accredited specialists.

Did you know that smoke inhalation causes 75-80% of all fire-related deaths? Not surprising when smoke can fill a 20 cubic-foot space in under 4 minutes.

When do you need a Compartmentation Survey?

We would recommend Compartmentation Surveys be carried out regularly or when a Fire Risk Assessment reports that breaches in your building’s compartment lines have been identified.

During a survey, our team will establish the full extent of the deficiencies discovered and review the effectiveness of the existing compartmentation strategy to identify areas for improvement and consider the suitability of any fire safety upgrades.

If an invasive inspection is required, Asbestos Awareness guidelines are always followed.

Your survey will include the following:

  • Assessments of fire compartment lines and existing fire seals
  • A comprehensive review of fire doors and fireproof hatches
  • Roof voids and hidden cavities
  • Riser cupboards
  • Elements of the shared air supply, including air conditioning ducts and vents
  • Openings, including those for rubbish and waste chutes
  • Rider cupboards

What does a Compartment Survey cover?

Our fire compartment inspections begin with a thorough examination of the fire strategy and fire strategy drawings of the building and investigate the existing fire safety measures in place.

During the survey, our team will take photos and make notes using Bolster, our record keeping software, which will then be used to create a report which will include details of all breaches, recommendations and remedial action required for fire safety compliance.

Surveyors will inspect:

  • Fire compartment lines and existing fire seals.
  • Fire doors and fireproof hatches
  • Riser cupboards
  • Elements of the shared air supply, including air conditioning ducts and vents
  • Openings, including those for rubbish/waste chutes

Talk to us about booking a Compartment Survey today.

Fire Compartmentation Surveys and Bolster

We use Bolster Systems software to evidence inspections and document our findings, including photos. The system allows our Surveyors to clearly reference observations and recommended remediation quickly and precisely on a smartphone app, eliminating the need for cumbersome paperwork.

Bolster updates in realtime and is available via the internet 24/7. Our clients can be provided with a login to check progress at any time with tools such as pie charts so they can see project progress at a glance and/or PDF and Excel reports can be provided and be useful as evidence toward Building Regulation 38 and the Golden Thread.

Why is a fire Compartmentation Survey critical?

It’s difficult to overstate the value of a fire compartmentation survey. They identify weaknesses in the integrity of the compartments of your building and recommends fire safety solutions that you know what actions need to be taken to keep people and the building structure safe.

Because no two buildings are the same, Gunfire surveyors go much further than taking photos and reporting breaches. Each building is analysed holistically by our surveyors who examine the fire strategy, fire strategy drawings, and O&M Manuals from previous works carried out, in addition to Asbestos Registers and any other building information the client holds, so they are familiar with the building and it’s requirements before commencing the survey.

Is a Compartmentation Survey a legal requirement?

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that building owners must maintain measures taken as part of your fire safety plan in an efficient state and in good working order.
  • Fire Compartmentation itself is part of the required fire safety plans and precautions outlined in Building Regulations Approved Document B. Failure to achieve fire safety compliance could lead to a massive fine or potential prosecution.

When you undertake a Compartmentation Survey which identifies compartmentation issues, then have them remediated by a reputable Third Party Accredited installer, you meet your obligations and the comprehensive reports we provide will also help you satisfy the requirements of Building Regulations 38.

Why choose Gunfire?

After over 22 years experience in the fire safety industry we take pride in the quality of our works, which is backed-up by our Third Party Accreditations that ensure we comply with the very latest standards, legislation and best practise.

We strive for excellence in everything we do which is why we have invested in a team of 10 Compliance Managers who scrutinise all completed works so that clients can be assured that, by the time the project is handed back to them, it will be defect-free.

Third-Party Accreditations

At Gunfire, we know that trust is everything when it comes to selecting a partner for your fire protection business. That’s why we’re committed to providing dependable and precise services that you can rely on. Our dedication to quality is evident in the third-party accreditations we’ve earned in the industry. You can rest assured that with Gunfire, you’re in good hands.