A good fire protection strategy will include a thorough evaluation of anticipated risk and will continue to evaluate that risk through the life of the building

Data Center Fire Risks

The risk of fires in a data center can be boiled down to four things – hefty power loads, electrical fire potential, vulnerable infrastructure, and ventilation.

While it’s true that human failure to adhere to fire protection regulations can lead to a fire disaster, there are other factors that contribute as well: defective equipment, extensive cabling, comprehensive air-cooling, and an abundance of combustible materials such as circuit board plastics.

Older data centers may carry a larger fire risk than newer facilities, but all should adopt and implement a fire protection program – for the health and safety of staff and the safeguarding of valuable equipment.

CFS Passive Fire Protection Services

Our primary objectives when reviewing your sites passive fire protection are legal compliance and risk mitigation Since the possibility of a data center fire cannot be completely eradicated, the mission then becomes limiting the spread and damage that any potential outbreak of a fire could bring. CFS are IFSM (The Institute of Fire Safety Managers) accredited to independently inspect and report on your passive fire protection. Utilizing one of our (FSIDip) Firestopping Inspectors to assess, report, and install your firestopping, ensures you are legally compliant and mitigates the risk by adopting best practices.

Our passive fire protection installation and services are as follows:

  • Inspection, reporting and sign off of your firestopping by a FSIDip Certified technician
  • Sealing holes in fire compartment walls
  • Sealing holes between floors and around ducts, pipe work, and cabling
  • Fire baton Installation
  • Aperture Sealing
  • Installation of Fire Retardant Cable Transit Units