|Welcome to the first Firestop Solutions, Inc. E-News where we will discuss the various aspects of firestopping and its role in compartmentation.
Some of the topics will include:
- Fire barriers
- Fires in High Rise Buildings
- Reducing liability
- Industry standards
- Latest inspection requirements
- Effective Compartmentation
- Improperly constructed buildings
- Firestop systems
- Active vs. passive fire protection
DID YOU KNOW?
The problem with penetrations...
Fire barriers include walls, shaft enclosures, partitions, smoke barriers, floors, fire resistive coatings and sprayed fire resistant materials applied to structural members and fire resistive joint systems. Fire barriers always work unless they have been compromised. Barriers become compromised whenever openings are made to allow for the passage of pipes, electrical conduits, wires, ducts, and the like. These changes are necessary to adapt to new needs and requirements. However, a fire barrier riddled with holes is no longer an effective barrier. In fact, some of the most typically inserted items, cables, are potent fuel, causing the fire to burn hotter. As the cables burn, they provide a convenient route for the fire, leaving a trail of toxic fumes and smoke in their wake. Penetrations present a particularly hazardous condition.
Stay tuned for our next topic: "Dealing with penetrations."
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