One of the most important aspects of construction and building management is fire protection and safety without which the buildings are at potential risk of fire hazards, and severe damage can be done.
To avoid potential fire emergencies in buildings, experts in fire protection are hired so that professional expertise can be used to manage fire safety during the construction period.
Fire damage is prevented by different fire risk assessments, fire prevention, and fire protection system, and fire engineers or experts play a vital role in protecting the building from all potential risks and their management.
What is a Fire Protection Engineer?
A fire protection engineer is basically a civil engineer who manages all the risks and their best possible solution against fire protection through detection of fire and smoke.
The systems that fire engineers use actually target different areas in the risk assessment and fire protection such as detection of smoke, preventing fire ignition in the first place, limiting fire spread, and detecting and extinguishing the active flames of fire.
Fire protection engineers work alongside the construction managers, as well as the architects to create safe buildings both commercial and domestic so that the fire emergencies can be contained before they cause any damage to the property or lives.
Fire protection engineers also pool resources with foresters and the park management to protect and limit the wildfires that can be a potential environmental hazard.
What do Fire Protection Engineers Do?
As discussed above, fire protection engineers work in collaboration with different engineers and managers to limit fire emergencies and potential fire hazards. Here is a brief description of exactly is the job of fire protection engineers.
Inspecting Work Sites
Fire protection engineers do a much-customized job that depends on the personal liking of every client. Fire protection engineers visit the site and perform a detailed inspection on the potential fire ignition hazards and fire risk assessment so that they can work to protect the site from all those risks. The fire protection system for a school and a commercial warehouse won’t be the same.
Fire risk assessment systems and fire protection systems are based on water sprinklers and smoke detectors. Fire protection engineers suggest the equipment layout according to the extent and range of these systems so that the systems can work at their best.
Fire Emergency Scenarios
After the inspection of the construction site and ruling out the potential risks or causes that can lead to fire ignition and spread, fire protection engineers model different scenarios using those causes so that they can devise a system that can fight the fire in any possible condition.
Train Occupants of the Building
After the successful installation of fire detection and fire protection systems into the building, training of the building occupants and staff is also the responsibility of the fire protection engineers.
The staff is trained to use the fire extinguishers and all other fire protection systems so that even if a fire ignites, its spread can be limited as soon as possible and the emergency is contained on time.