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Understanding Smoke Containment Systems

Smoke containment systems play a critical role in ensuring the safety of occupants and protecting buildings during a fire incident. These systems are designed to control the movement of smoke, allowing for a clear evacuation path and aiding firefighting efforts. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the key aspects of smoke containment systems, covering their components, functionality, design considerations, and industry standards.

Components of Smoke Containment Systems

Smoke Barriers:

Employing cutting-edge smoke barrier technologies, these range from flexible fabric curtains to rigid walls, tailored to meet diverse architectural needs. These barriers act as strategic partitions, preventing the spread of smoke within a structure.

Smoke Curtains:

Flexible and automatically deployable smoke curtains are meticulously designed for efficacy in large, open spaces. These curtains provide swift and efficient smoke containment, crucial in safeguarding escape routes.

Smoke Dampers:

Integrating state-of-the-art smoke dampers into HVAC systems ensures optimal control of smoke flow in ducts. These dampers are equipped with automatic or manual activation mechanisms, synchronised with advanced smoke detection systems.

Functionality of Smoke Containment Systems


These systems are engineered to confine smoke precisely to its origin, limiting its spread effectively. This containment is crucial for preventing smoke from infiltrating critical areas and endangering occupants.

Evacuation Path Maintenance:

Occupant safety is paramount; these systems guarantee clear evacuation paths by preventing smoke infiltration into critical areas like stairwells, ensuring unobstructed escape routes during an emergency.

Firefighter Access:

With a dedicated focus on aiding firefighting efforts, smoke containment solutions facilitate easy access for firefighters. By containing smoke and heat, these systems create an environment conducive to efficient firefighting operations.

Design Considerations

Building Layout:

Meticulously considering the layout of buildings during the design phase, experts tailor solutions to optimise smoke containment system design.

Occupancy Type:

Tailoring solutions to diverse occupancy types, industry leaders understand the unique demands of residential, commercial, and industrial spaces. Each system is customised to suit the specific requirements of the intended use.

Integration with Fire Detection Systems:

Ensuring seamless integration of smoke containment systems with cutting-edge fire detection technologies allows for swift and automated deployment of the system in response to detected smoke, enhancing overall safety measures.

Industry Standards

  1. NFPA 92:
    • Adhering to and surpassing industry standards, including NFPA 92, ensures that the implemented smoke containment systems adhere to the highest levels of safety and performance.
  2. EN 12101:
    • Commitment to excellence is exemplified by aligning with European standards, ensuring that smoke and heat control systems meet and exceed stringent quality benchmarks.


Entrusting safety to G.S Stothers means engaging with a partner that brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of smoke containment systems. As buildings evolve in complexity, G.S Stothers remains at the forefront, ensuring that our systems not only meet but exceed industry standards. This underscores our unwavering commitment to safeguarding lives and property. Choosing G.S Stothers as a partner is a deliberate choice for optimal performance in smoke containment systems, fostering a culture of safety and excellence in every project we undertake. Contact us today.

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