Smoke Vent Position Statement

1 December 2015

RISCAuthority has today published a position statement in order to help establish agreement across the various regional brigades for a standardised approach to buildings protected by sprinklers where smoke vents are installed or being considered.

There has been much debate on the way in which smoke vents may influence the effectiveness of an automatic sprinkler system and the perceived relative impact on life safety and property protection. These varying views and lack of clear guidance have led to an inconsistent approach by the various regional fire and rescue services across the UK towards operation of smoke vents in buildings protected by automatic sprinklers.
 
The full position statement can be downloaded below: