Servicing Smoke Control Systems in Shopping Centres

When it comes to smoke control, shopping centres are a special case. This is partly because they are often so big; distances to cleared escape routes are often further than they would be in other spaces and there are a range of places that can be considered ‘at risk’ in the event of a fire.

This means special precautions need to be taken and special systems put in place in order to develop a robust smoke control strategy. The resulting smoke control system should then be serviced on a regular basis to make sure it is still working and to highlight any areas where more work needs to be done.

This is important as shopping centres deal with so many members of the general public; the centres have a duty to protect them while they are using the shopping facilities. This means regularly servicing areas such as the escalators, corridors, fire doors and other smoke control equipment to check it is working.

Shopping centre smoke control systems are also unique as no two centres are exactly the same. Therefore, it is paramount that extra care is taken in the upkeep of these systems so there is no risk of failure in the unfortunate event of a smoke or fire emergency.

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