Elevator Fire Safety: The Role of Smoke Curtains
Automatic Elevator Doors Smoke Curtains for fire and smoke protection.
Elevator door smoke curtains have become a staple for any safe, modern construction. As a safety feature, they are meant to prevent the spread of fire and smoke in an emergency. We’ve put together this article to cover how elevator smoke curtains work, the different types available, and the benefits they provide. We will also cover important considerations for choosing and maintaining them and some frequently asked questions.
Whether you are a building owner or manager or want to learn more about this important safety feature, this article has all the information you need to make informed decisions about elevator smoke curtains.
What Are Elevator Smoke Curtains?
Elevator smoke curtains are an important safety feature in any building, as they help to prevent the spread of fire and smoke in the event of a fire. These curtains are installed in front of the elevator door and can be activated either automatically or manually. They work by sealing off the elevator shaft from the rest of the building, helping to contain a fire and preventing the spread of smoke and heat to other floors.
Elevator smoke curtains are activated by a fire alarm and will close automatically when the alarm is triggered. Smoke curtains can even feature a back-up battery in the event that power is lost to the building.
Automatic Smoke Curtain for Elevator Doors
- Automatic smoke protection with a high temperature classification (up to 650 degrees fahrenheit)
- System width up to 10′ and drop length up to 10′ (tested)
- System width up to 12′ and drop length up to 12′ (technical feasible)
- System is tested according to UL 1784
- Fabric is tested according to ASTM E84
- Control unit is tested according to UL 8643
- System with ICC-ES AC77 report
- Translucent fabric with magnetic stripes on the edges (closing onto the elevator frame or auxiliary rails)
- Auxiliary rails powder-coated (optional)
- Automatic flap on the housing in case of fire alarm and self-closing flap
- Drive unit with fail-safe technology (closing without auxiliary power)
- Drive unit with 10,000 cycles, system with 200 cycles
- Emergency exit by loosing magnetic stripes from the elevator frame or auxiliary rails
- Re-opening switch (optional)
Benefits of the Stoebich Fire Protection Elevator Smoke Curtains
The Stoebich Fire Protection Elevator Smoke Curtains are a reliable and effective option for protecting your building in the event of a fire. These curtains offer several benefits, including:
- Quick deployment: The Stoebich smoke curtains are designed to deploy quickly and smoothly in the event of a fire, helping to prevent the spread of smoke and fire through the elevator shaft.
- Safe and reliable: The Stoebich smoke curtains are tested to ensure they meet strict safety standards and are reliable in the event of a fire.
- Easy to maintain: The Stoebich smoke curtains are easy to maintain and can be inspected and tested regularly to ensure they are in good working order.
- Customizable: The Stoebich smoke curtains can be customized to fit your specific building and needs, ensuring they provide maximum protection.
- Cost-effective: Installing the Stoebich smoke curtains can be a cost-effective way to improve the safety of your building, as they can help to prevent costly damages from a fire.
If you are considering installing elevator smoke curtains in your building, consider the Stoebich Fire Protection Elevator Smoke Curtains. Contact us at Overhead Door Company of Portland for more information on how these curtains can help protect your building.
Different Types of Elevator Smoke Curtains
Elevator door smoke curtains are a safety feature designed to prevent the spread of smoke in buildings. These curtains are installed in front of the elevator door. In the event of a fire, they are activated automatically. The Stoebich models provide automatic smoke protection with a high temperature classification (up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit).
Elevator smoke curtains use a see-through fabric for user visibility and seal along the door frame with magnetic strips to lock in the smoke in the elevator shaft. Each curtain has ADA egress and can be opened via a push button or push open manually.
There are several factors to consider when choosing an elevator smoke curtain, including the type of building, the size of the elevator shaft, and the local fire codes. In addition to the technical details, it is important to consider the maintenance and installation of elevator smoke curtains. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure that the curtains are functioning properly in the event of a fire. It is also important to ensure the curtains are installed correctly to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Get Your Elevator Smoke Curtains Installed Today
When looking for an elevator smoke curtain, it is important to research and choose a reputable company with a proven track record of quality products and excellent customer service. Overhead Door Company of Portland is a trusted provider of Stöebich elevator door smoke curtains, and the team here can help you choose the best solution for your building’s needs.
Reach out to us if you have any further questions about these curtains or want to learn more about how they can help protect your building.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Why Use an Elevator Smoke Curtain Instead of Other Systems?
Elevator smoke curtains are an effective and reliable way to prevent the spread of fire and smoke in the event of a fire. They work by sealing off the elevator shaft, which can help to contain the fire and smoke within the elevator. Other fire safety systems, such as sprinklers or smoke detectors, can be helpful, but they may not be as effective at preventing the spread of fire and smoke through the elevator shaft.
Where Are Elevator Smoke Curtains Required?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke curtains are required in any building with an elevator shaft extending through more than one floor. These curtains are also required in buildings where the elevator shaft is connected to a smoke compartment or fire area.
Does the curtain stop if someone or something gets in the way while it deploys?
Elevator smoke curtains are designed to deploy quickly and smoothly, but they can be stopped if something or someone gets in the way. It’s important to ensure that the area around the curtains is clear before they are deployed.
Do the Elevator Smoke Curtains interfere with elevator door operations?
Elevator smoke curtains should not interfere with normal elevator door operations. If you notice any issues with your elevator doors, it’s important to contact a professional for repairs or maintenance.
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Elevator Door Smoke Curtains
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