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How Fireproofing Will Keep Your Facility Safe This Winter

Facility ceiling after having added fire proof paint How Fireproofing Will Keep Your Facility Safe This Winter

When we think about win­ter, our minds are most­ly fixed on freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, blan­kets of snow, and slick roads — any­thing but fire, real­ly. Accord­ing to the Nation­al Fire Pro­tec­tion Asso­ci­a­tion, how­ev­er, win­ter sees more fires than any oth­er sea­son — this makes sense when you give it some thought. After all, we need fire and oth­er heat­ing ele­ments to stay warm dur­ing the cold months. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, these efforts to stay warm can turn on us, result­ing in fires that can do seri­ous dam­age to prop­er­ties and threat­en the lives of those inside them. If you own or man­age a facil­i­ty, you must always take fire safe­ty and pre­ven­tion seri­ous­ly, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the win­ter. Prop­er fire­proof­ing is an essen­tial com­po­nent of these fire safe­ty pro­to­cols. Here’s how fire­proof­ing will keep your facil­i­ty and peo­ple safe this win­ter and beyond.

How Fire­proof­ing Will Keep Your Facil­i­ty Safe This Winter

Reduce the Risk of Heat­ing-Relat­ed Fire Damage

Facil­i­ty fires can start for many rea­sons. Dur­ing win­ter, the most com­mon caus­es of such fires are relat­ed to elec­tri­cal, heat­ing, and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems. Out­dat­ed and/​or poor­ly-main­tained HVAC sys­tems can cause com­po­nents to set on fire and spread through­out a facil­i­ty. Space heaters can also over­heat and cause near­by sur­faces to catch fire, such as fur­ni­ture and oth­er flam­ma­ble mate­ri­als. Elec­tri­cal short­ages can also pro­duce sparks and flames, and the dri­er your inter­nal cli­mate, the quick­er these flames will spread. If your facil­i­ty is prop­er­ly fire­proofed, how­ev­er, these flames will have a hard­er time spread­ing and do less dam­age over­all. Intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing expands when heat­ed past a cer­tain thresh­old, keep­ing flames away from the under­ly­ing sur­faces. Mean­while, cemen­ti­tious fire­proof­ing dimin­ish­es the heat trans­fer that takes place dur­ing a fire, pro­tect­ing sur­faces from severe dam­age. Both types of fire­proof­ing will prove use­ful not only dur­ing win­ter but any season.

Improve Inte­ri­or Insulation

While fire­proof intu­mes­cent paint is pri­mar­i­ly meant to pro­tect your facil­i­ty from fires, it can also help insu­late your build­ing from the cold. More specif­i­cal­ly, ther­mal-acoustic insu­la­tion (sep­a­rate from fire­proof­ing) is designed to reg­u­late both heat and noise inside your facil­i­ty. In doing so, this type of insu­la­tion pro­tects your facil­i­ty from ther­mal shock (i.e., con­tract­ing and expand­ing due to heat trans­fer) and keeps it com­fort­able for every­one inside. Best of all, fiber­glass-based ther­mal acoustic insu­la­tion is com­pat­i­ble with most fire­proof coat­ings, mean­ing con­trac­tors can pro­vide your facil­i­ty with the opti­mal insu­la­tion and fire­proof con­fig­u­ra­tion for its unique needs. While fire­proof­ing alone doesn’t pro­vide all the insu­la­tion your facil­i­ty needs this win­ter, it does pro­vide an addi­tion­al lay­er of insu­la­tion that’s easy to install in tan­dem with ded­i­cat­ed ther­mal acoustic insulation.

Pro­vide Ample Time for Safe Egress

As impor­tant as it is to pro­tect your assets from harm, keep­ing your peo­ple safe is most impor­tant of all. Not only does qual­i­ty fire­proof­ing reduce the harm­ful effects of fire — it also extends the amount of time for peo­ple to safe­ly and calm­ly exit your facil­i­ty and fire­fight­ers to arrive on the scene. Of course, exit­ing a build­ing and stay­ing out­doors until the flames are extin­guished can be chal­leng­ing dur­ing the win­ter. The cold air makes it uncom­fort­able to stay out­side for long stretch­es, while snow and ice can cre­ate trip­ping haz­ards and obstruc­tions. If you wish to ensure the safe­ty of all occu­pants in the event of a fire, then, you must make sure all exits are cleared and safe to walk on, as well as pro­vide tem­po­rary shel­ter in case of extreme cold — all of this in addi­tion to installing fire­proof­ing inside your facility.

Just because win­ter is cold doesn’t mean a fire is out of the ques­tion — in fact, a fire is more like­ly to start in your facil­i­ty dur­ing the win­ter than any oth­er sea­son. Know­ing this, now is a great time to hire a fire­proof­ing con­trac­tor to inspect, patch, and/​or install your facility’s fire­proof­ing. At Kaloutas, we work the way you work, engag­ing in the most effi­cient process­es to pre­vent down­time and improve your operations.

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