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According to an August 2013 report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were an average of 3,340 fires in business office properties per year from 2007-2011. These fires led to annual average of 44 injuries, four deaths and $112 million in property damage.


To protect your business, having fire alarm systems that are properly installed, operated and maintained can help prevent these losses from occurring and keep your employees safe from harm. Most business owners think of sprinklers and fire extinguishers as being sufficient enough, but in reality these are just two small pieces of the puzzle.


The two different categories of fire systems are Active Fire Protection (AFP) and Passive Fire Protection (PFP). Understanding what each does and how they function is critical to helping business owners make decisions about which to install and use in their properties. But what are the differences between the two? Is one better than the other?


Active Fire Systems vs Passive Fire Systems


Active Fire Systems require taking an action to stop the spread of the fire. These can range from the use of fire extinguishers and evacuation plans to fire and smoke detectors. Suppression systems using water sprinklers or foam can also be used as part of Active Fire Systems.


Passive Fire Systems are more focused on keeping the fire contained by breaking it down to stop it from getting larger. This is done to slow the fire enough for the fire department to arrive. Usually, these systems take the form of fire-resistant walls and floors, fire doors or dampeners to keep fire and smoke from entering the ventilation.

Are Active or Passive Fire Alarm Systems better?


Both systems are different but equally important in keeping fire damage to a minimum and protecting your buildings, property and employees. They both need to be utilized to maximize your security and overall protection because if one of the two fails, the other can step in to provide protection. In a separate 2021 report by the NFPA, fire departments throughout the country between 2015 and 2019 responded to an average of 26,000 sprinkler malfunctions per year. There are also some instances where fire resistant materials, such as brick or concrete, can fail. So having both active and passive fire systems functioning and used properly can have your business be better equipped for handling fires.


Protecting your business from fire comes down to having a comprehensive fire protection system that makes use of both active and passive elements. HSI Security gets the job done from system planning through equipment selections and testing and troubleshooting to help you sleep better at night.


Protect Your Business Today From Fire Hazards with HSI Security!


Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to assist you with your fire protection needs!

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