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Fire curtains and Fire shutters work to stop the spread of smoke and fire in a fire event. A fire alarm system can automatically trigger both. Both are there to minimize property damage and save lives. Despite their similarities, there are some things to consider before choosing the right option for your project. What is a fire shutter? Fire shutters are used as structural barriers to compartmentalize and prevent the spread of fire. Generally made of galvanized steel or stainless steel, fire shutters offer a traditional and robust method of fire compartmentation. Where are they used? Fire Rated Shutters are …

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In the event of a fire, an unprotected elevator shaft acts like a chimney, spreading smoke through the subsequent floors. For that reason, per 2018 IBC §3006, elevator hoistways connecting more than three stories must comply with the smoke and draft control door assembly requirements and be tested in accordance with UL 1784.

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What is a Draft Curtain? The NFPA defines a Draft Curtain as a “Fixed or Automatically deployable noncombustible barrier that protrudes downward from the ceiling to channel, contain or prevent the migration of smoke.” Draft Curtains can be manufactured from fire-resistant fiberglass woven textiles, glass (commonly called smoke baffles), or even panels of sheet metal.

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A Fire Curtain and a Smoke Curtain are similar in appearance and operation, but they have different functions. A smoke curtain is used as part of a smoke control system. It is there to either stop smoke from reaching another zone or channel it through a particular route. Smoke Curtains don’t descend to ground level (ceiling to floor). They are generally set above head height, so as not to interfere with the means of escape. A fire curtain, on the other hand, is used to provide fire separation between two spaces. It may provide smoke control, but that is not its primary purpose, …

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