Innovative Fire Curtains
Pushing Industry Standards
Active fire and smoke curtains are the aesthetic solutions to fire safety.
Once installed, they are designed to leave only a visible shadow gap, remaining undetectable until the moment of deployment.
This allows building designers to remove non-loadbearing plasterboard walls and expensive fire-resistant glazing while maintaining compartmentation, ensuring the space is fully protected from fire and smoke. Without impacting the design or feel of the space.
Alongside being endlessly versatile; fire curtains are also
- fully customisable with different sizing options
- made bespoke with 3 configuration options and
- feature a selection of specialist performance types
Active fire systems are a discreet and effective choice for exceeding fire safety requirements in open-plan buildings. Allowing you to meet environmental targets, while also providing the highest degree of fire safety.
Active Fire Protection for Today and Tomorrow
Keeping people safe
Sleep soundly knowing active fire protection gives building users ample escape time if a fire occurs.
Be safe in the knowledge active fire curtains stop the spread of smoke and fire throughout your building.
Enabling you to retrofit to extend the life of building stock and hit tomorrow’s standards.
Reducing carbon footprint for a better tomorrow.
Trusted by Household Names
Protecting Prestigious Buildings
✓ 1st UK company with 3rd party certified CE marked fire curtains certified to EN 16034
✓ 1st UK company whose fire curtain uses only fire rated components for smoke sealing, a massively significant step in true fire safety
✓ 1 of only 2 companies in UK with a concertina smoke curtain that is 3rd party certified to EN 12101
Operationally, the fire curtain, which is powered by an electric motor. This is connected to a control panel. The motor begins to unroll the fabric of the fire curtain, releasing it and allowing it to descend.
As the fabric unrolls, either horizontally or vertically, it will slot in between the side guides, if applicable, and will cease deployment when the bottom bar reaches, and creates a seal with, the floor.
This deployment is crucial for the prevention of flame spread, as it separates and compartmentalises the space, which allows the creation of a protected route of escape, and keeps the fire from the next space. Some products offer dual-function barriers, with features such as smoke seals to allow the barrier to offer an active smoke containment system.
Headbox installation very much depends on the installation scenario but will fit into one of the following categories.
- Face or reveal fixed- fixing straight through the headbox into the structure.
When the fire curtain is revealed fixed, the fixings go through the top of the headbox and the side of the end plates if possible. When the fire curtain is face fixed, the fixings go through the back of the headbox and end plate flange.
- I beam fixing
If a suspended system is required, the client must install a self-supporting structure capable of taking the weight of the fire curtain, such as a steel beam, which is fire protected to the same or above the fire specification as the fire curtain.
The fire curtain can then be attached directly to the steel beam.
Automatic fire curtains are connected to your alarm system, which when sounded, will trigger the deployment.
This deployment speed is carefully calibrated so as not to be too fast and cause injury for people passing underneath it, or too slow and become ineffective, with a descent speed of between 0.03 – 0.3 mps (metres per second).
If the curtain is in the Vertical or Concertina orientation, then it will have a gravity fail-safe to ensure deployment in the event of power failure.
Horizontal curtains have a secondary power source, such as rechargeable batteries to ensure that the curtain can still move across the space if the primary power source fails.
Some dual-function barriers offer features such as smoke seals to allow the barrier to offer an active smoke containment system.
All Adexon single-roller curtains, have tube smoke seals provided as standard and Adexon actively recommends that you utilise them.
In the design process, we can ensure as much, or as little of the curtain will be visible once installed in the space.
Fire curtains can be installed so they sit flush with ceilings and edges, so it is visible only once deployed.
Yes, all fire curtains must have battery-back up to ensure they continue to function if they lose mains power.
Horizontal fire curtains, due to the direction of closure, require a secondary power source to ensure deployment. This secondary power source is a rechargeable, 30-minute, battery backup, so you have peace of mind that no matter what the situation, your space will be protected. This curtain cannot utilise a gravitational fail-safe due to the direction of closure.
Vertical and Concertina Fire Curtains also have a battery back-up, which allows users 30-minutes of guaranteed evacuation time and also has a gravitational fail-safe to ensure deployment after the 30-minute battery back-up is depleted.
Although the headbox, side guides, and bottom bar of any active fire curtain will be galvanised to achieve a good anti-rust standard, extra finishes include
- powder coating in a large variety of RAL colours
- leaving the galvanisation exposed
- or a range of C1-5 rust-proof powder coatings, in a range of colours, for products that are to be installed on or near water, at an extra charge
Fire curtains require regular maintenance and servicing, every 6 months.
We offer Scheduled Maintenance & Servicing (SMS).
If there is a total power failure, each fire curtain system will have a 30-minute battery backup. This allows for the user to have time to get the power back on either through the mains or with backup power.
This also means that the fire curtain can be delayed from descending for up to 30 minutes to allow for safe egress out of the building, until the backup batteries are out of power, after which they will lower the curtain safely. This delay function is an optional extra that can be added to the control panel and the duration is programmable to suit customer requirements. This gives users plenty of time, as the standard evacuation time in an emergency is 2.5 minutes.
There is also another optional extra, called an emergency retract escape button that retracts the curtain allowing persons to escape through the opening and redeploys the curtain after 30 seconds.
Non-standard optional extras with Adexon® fire curtains of any variety include:
- emergency retract buttons, or key switch emergency overrides
- obstruction warning
- light and sound warning
- test reset switch
- heat detectors, and
- smoke detectors
Yes – active fire curtains certainly can be utilised for a home setting, or anywhere that people reside overnight, for example, in residential schools, residential homes for the elderly, camp houses etc.
Automatic fire curtains, due to their design, can be used in spaces where a fire door could not be fitted due to a lack of structural supports, for example, walls if a space lacks walls.
They can also separate areas that are designed to be open, for example, between floors, or to cover features such as stairs or lifts, which also applies to the open-plan homes.
Despite having names that are remarkably similar, fire retardant curtains and fire curtains have very different applications, safety benefits, and costs, and therefore should not be confused.
Fire retardant curtains are window dressings used to keep out the light, that have a coating applied to the fabric which allows them to withstand ignition for a period of time.
Automatic fire curtains are specialist active fire protection measures that, once deployed, provide compartmentation for the building and help to limit and stop the spread of fire.
We receive certification from a certification body, for example, Applus+, who in turn are accredited by an accreditation body such as UKAS or ENAC.
Therefore, having certification from a certification body that is ENAC accredited is equivalent to certification from a certification body that is UKAS accredited.
For more information, please see question 11 on the UKAS website FAQs.