Fire Door Installation & Repairs

North West Fire Solutions Ltd offers a smoke control system maintenance services in the North West of England. A smoke control system is also known as Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation System (SHEVSs). SHEVs are an essential life-saving devise for certain types of buildings such as underground car-parks, tower blocks, factories, shopping centres, large hotels and industrial units. Such buildings come under far greater scrutiny when it comes to carrying out a competent fire risk assessment as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 so professional assistance is advisable.

The benefits of smoke control

The key benefits of a smoke control system include:

  • Reduces the risk of smoke damage to building and its contents following a fire
  • Prevents the spread of fire
  • Eases fire-fighters’ task of putting out the fire
  • Diverts noxious smoke and gases away from fire exits allowing occupants safe evacuation

Knowing your legal responsibilities

Click here to learn more about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. For many large buildings the law requires their owners to maintain a smoke control system in a state of sound repair. A failure to do so could result in the owner’s prosecution if the system fails at the critical moment when fire occurs. Prosecution is particularly likely when this failure results in death and/or injury to a building’s occupants.

A smoke control system is essentially a high-tech form of ventilation. The system aims to save lives in the event of fire by redirecting dangerous smoke into the outside atmosphere.

The key components of a smoke control system

A smoke control system typically consists of three main components. This includes:

  • An exhaust ventilation to remove smoke from the building
  • Smoke barriers to prevent the spread of smoke
  • An inlet ventilation allowing fresh air from outside to replace toxic air removed via ventilation

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Smoke control system maintenance service

When you choose North West Fire Solutions as your competent smoke control system engineer our team arrives at your premises to carry out essential maintenance and/or repair work. This visit is typically pre-planned although we do offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service. We recommend our customers schedule a maintenance call-out at least once every six months. This goes some way to ensuring your smoke control system is fully working if and when fire occurs. This bi-annual inspection typically works in conjunction with weekly or monthly testing carried out by your building’s ‘responsible person’.


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