A fire in a building can lead to serious loss of life and property. Insurance companies pay about half their annual payments for fire damage. Water damage amounts to about 30 % and burglary to 20 % of annual claims. Buildings as well as their contents contribute to the spreading of fire. With the right fire protection, the risk of fire can be considerably reduced.
Fire protection in a building is divided into two types: active and passive. Active fire protection operates when a fire breaks out, and includes detection and alarm systems, automatic sprinklers, fusible link doors and shutters, emergency lighting and smoke ventilation systems. Rendering this system inoperative is relatively easy: vandalism of the water feed mechanism, damage to the operating valves, or simply ignorance will all harm it. A building with truly effective fire defence therefore needs more than one fire protection system.
Passive fire protection is generally built into the structure so that the building can withstand fire for a specified period. Passive fire protection protects the structure and the lives of people inside the building in a fire by reducing or preventing the fire from spreading internally and externally fire, thereby maintaining the stability of the building and the safety and escape routes for the occupants.
Passive fire protection includes compartmentalisation and structural fire protection, good access to buildings for firefighters, and safe and effective means of escape.
What building materials you choose and how you use them to provide the required level of passive fire protection depends on two factors: their reaction to fire and their fire resistance.
With its high melting point, PAROC stone wool is an ideal material for fire protection applications. It retains its properties even at temperatures as high as 1000ºC.
We have excellent fire solutions for all different kind of buildings and applications. The below section of this site contains the most common fire protection and fire partitioning solutions. Choose the type of insulation you are looking for to find the PAROC product you need.