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Why are Automatic Opening Vents (AOVs) so important?

Automatic Opening Vents save lives!! 

Most fire related deaths are caused by inhaling toxic smoke rather than the burns from fire alone. Actual deaths from flames or burns only account for about 30% of fire related deaths. AOVs or Smoke ventilation systems are there to protect people and property, making them a vital and integral part of your fire protection services plan. 

AOVs, or Automatic Opening Vents, play a crucial role in fire safety strategies for blocks of flats. These vents are designed to automatically open in the event of a fire, allowing smoke and hot gases to escape and promoting a safer environment for occupants and emergency responders. Here are some reasons why AOVs are important in fire risk strategy plans for blocks of flats:

  1. Smoke Control: AOVs are essential for controlling and managing smoke within a building during a fire. Smoke inhalation is a major cause of injury and fatalities in fires, so effective smoke control is vital for ensuring the safety of residents and facilitating evacuation.
  2. Maintaining Escape Routes: AOVs help to keep escape routes, such as stairwells and corridors, free from smoke. This is crucial for allowing occupants to evacuate the building safely and for providing clear pathways for firefighters to access the affected areas.
  3. Enhancing Firefighter Access: AOVs assist firefighters by reducing the amount of smoke they encounter when entering a building. This improves visibility and makes it easier for them to locate and extinguish the fire, as well as rescue any occupants who may be trapped.
  4. Preventing Fire Spread: By venting smoke and hot gases, AOVs can help prevent the spread of fire to other parts of the building. This containment can limit the damage caused by the fire and increase the chances of successfully controlling and extinguishing it.

Regular testing of AOVs is crucial for ensuring their reliability and effectiveness. Here’s why regular testing is important:

  1. Reliability Assurance: Regular testing helps identify any faults or malfunctions in the AOV system, ensuring that the vents will operate as intended during a fire. This is essential for maintaining the overall effectiveness of the fire safety strategy.
  2. Compliance with Regulations: Many building codes and regulations require the regular testing and maintenance of fire safety systems, including AOVs. Compliance helps ensure that the building meets legal requirements and standards for fire safety.
  3. Early Detection of Issues: Routine testing allows for the early detection of any issues with the AOV system. Addressing problems promptly can prevent potential failures during an actual fire event.
  4. Training Opportunities: Regular testing provides an opportunity to familiarize building management, maintenance staff, and emergency responders with the AOV system. This ensures that individuals are well-prepared to respond effectively in case of a fire. 

In summary, AOVs are integral to fire safety in blocks of flats, and regular testing is essential to ensure their reliability and compliance with safety regulations. This proactive approach contributes to a safer living environment for residents and facilitates effective firefighting efforts.Here at Safetec Protection Ltd we can arrange installation, servicing, maintenance and testing of all AOVs and Smoke Ventilation Systems throughout Dorset, Hampshire and the surrounding areas.

Call now or use the contact form to book your tests and reports. 01202 925958 

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It is important that the AOV at your block is in good working order. We test, service and repair AOVs, ensuring your block fully complies with the regulations.

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