Advanced smoke ventilation for safe evacuation
By maximising visibility and reducing the presence of smoke and harmful gases, rapid smoke ventilation also enables the emergency services to find and tackle the fire as early as possible.
Our vast fire safety and servicing experience means we can design a fully compliant AOV system, including mechanical/fan Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation (SHEV ) window, louvre and damper door options as well as powered smoke control where required.
What is an AOV system?
An AOV system is designed to create and maintain a smoke-free layer above the floor, reducing the build-up of smoke and heat. AOV types range from automated roof hatches and glazed or metal louvres to wall-mounted end-of-corridor vents, automatic opening vent windows and internal smoke shaft damper doors.
How do AOV smoke ventilation systems work?
When a smoke detector or MCP (break glass fire alarm call point) unit is activated within a building, our AOV system actuators (roof hatches, louvres, damper doors and windows) will automatically open a smoke control vent in the affected area and the adjacent stairwell, to open up or maintain a clear escape route using either powered or natural ventilation.
The opening of each fire vent in the smoke-affected area buys vital time for occupants to escape. Quick, automated smoke ventilation also allows fire fighters to move and manouevre more freely and keeps the majority of the building smoke-free, which means AOVs can significantly reduce the time it takes for fire services to locate and extinguish the fire itself while creating a smoke-free environment for carrying out rescue and recovery.
Our fire safety accreditations
Fire Safety saves lives and, as a result, the industry is highly regulated to ensure that the right equipment is installed and maintained by the right people. Our accreditations show just how seriously we take our responsibility to ensure the services we provide comply with all industry regulations, particularly the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Contact us for expert fire safety support
Whatever your fire safety challenges, contact our team today for a FREE consultation. We’ll get to know your exact requirements, book in a coVID-19 compliant site survey to get closer to your requirements if necessary, and advise on the best way to kit out your business for optimum fire detection, fire fighting and evacuation planning across your single or multiple premises.