Fire blankets in RPAFI new revision

Fire blankets as Active Protective Elements agains fires.

The last version, Revision: 23 10/04/2015 from real decreto of Regulation of Protection Against Fires Installers (RPAFI), avaiable since April  2015, is waiting the judment of European Comission before August 10th 2015, although we will have to wait for its put into effect sex months after its publication on BOE (Boletín Oficial del Estado).

One of the novelties of this last version of regulation RPAFI is that for the first time fire blankets are seen as an Active Protection against fire element and the regulations and specific norms that must be meet regarding desing, homologation, use, installation and maintaince of fire blankets are stablished, what features must have, specifying in detail in its annex in the final grid the document number according to which it must be kept to. (UNE – EN 1869/1997).

In new RPAFI, articule 10 shows. Performing field of installing companies. It specifies that fire blankets must be placed by protection against fire systems’ installing companies, maintenance companies of fire blankets or the manufacturer itself. When the surface of the establishment is smaller than 100 m 2 or it is a single-family house, they could be also installed by the user.

On the other side, in ANNEX I , FEATURES AND INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENTS AND PROTECTION SYSTEMS AGAINST FIRES SECTION, fire blankets are included in the ACTIVE PROTECTION AGAINST FIRES. subsection, difining it as flexible material sheets destined to extinguish small fires by suffocation. It specifies, also, the requirements of regulations to take into account before its manufacturing or importation, for the purpose of justify the meeting of what is disposed in regulation UNE-EN 1869, as well as what is related to maintenance, installation and signalling.

Unquestionably, the incorporation of fire blankets in a legal document in matter of safety that regulates all sector of Protection Against Fire Installations, is a big advance to bring, under our personal point, the importance that this fast actuation against fire element deserves.

Project of Real Decreto by which the Regulation of Protection against Fires Installations.(doc)

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