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How Intumescent Fireproofing Keeps Your Facility Functional and Your People Working

Ceiling in a facility after intumescent paint was applied How Intumescent Fireproofing Keeps Your Facility Functional and Your People Working

Every busi­ness needs to have a fire pro­tec­tion pro­gram in place — OSHA (the U.S. Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Admin­is­tra­tion) won’t have it any oth­er way. Of course, abid­ing by these fire pre­ven­tion codes isn’t just about com­pli­ance; it’s about pro­tect­ing every­one and every­thing inside your facil­i­ty. In addi­tion to out­fit­ting your facil­i­ty with items like extin­guish­ers and smoke detec­tors, fire­proof­ing is an impor­tant com­po­nent of main­tain­ing strong fire pro­tec­tion pro­to­cols. Fire resis­tive coat­ings are meant to slow the spread of flames with­in a facil­i­ty and pro­tect the sur­faces from reach­ing extreme­ly high tem­per­a­tures. Intu­mes­cent coat­ings are among the most effec­tive options in this regard, expand­ing when exposed to high tem­per­a­tures to cre­ate a larg­er buffer between flames and the sur­faces they protect.

Occu­pa­tion­al safe­ty is the most impor­tant goal of mea­sures like intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing. That said, pro­tect­ing your facil­i­ty and your peo­ple in this way has knock-on effects that serve to ben­e­fit your busi­ness in oth­er ways. More specif­i­cal­ly, intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing can make your facil­i­ty more effi­cient at every lev­el, espe­cial­ly when installed and main­tained by knowl­edge­able pro­fes­sion­als. Here’s how intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing keeps your facil­i­ty func­tion­al and your peo­ple working.

How Intu­mes­cent Fire­proof­ing Keeps Your Facil­i­ty Functional

Intu­mes­cent Fire­proof­ing Pro­tects Your Assets

As pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned, intu­mes­cent coat­ings come alive when exposed to flames, swelling into a car­bon-based, non­com­bustible char-lay­er (char­coal-like) sub­stance to min­i­mize the effects of high heat on struc­tur­al com­po­nents, equip­ment, and oth­er assets. In doing so, even a strong fire has a hard­er time doing seri­ous dam­age to your facil­i­ty and its com­po­nents, reduc­ing the need for major repairs, slow-downs, and facil­i­ty down­time. Most impor­tant­ly, intu­mes­cent paint helps pre­vent struc­tur­al col­lapse, help­ing steel main­tain its integri­ty until the flames are snuffed out. Ulti­mate­ly, these qual­i­ties save your busi­ness time and mon­ey in the event of a fire, keep­ing your oper­a­tions flow­ing despite an emergency.

Intu­mes­cent Fire­proof­ing Ensures Occu­pant Safety

Your peo­ple are your great­est assets, and they deserve to work in an envi­ron­ment in which they feel com­fort­able and safe. Apply­ing high-qual­i­ty intu­mes­cent coat­ings in your facil­i­ty helps achieve these out­comes by bol­ster­ing work­place safe­ty. Ide­al­ly, your location(s) will nev­er face a fire. Still, know­ing that your build­ing is pro­tect­ed from the worst effects of a seri­ous fire gives every­one peace of mind, which in turn increas­es morale and day-to-day pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. More­over, this boost in work­place safe­ty trans­lates to few­er work­place injuries and less lia­bil­i­ty over­all. As such, your busi­ness will enjoy low­er healthcare/​insurance costs and few­er absences over the long term.

Intu­mes­cent Fire­proof­ing Is Effi­cient­ly Applied in the Right Hands

Last­ly, the intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing process itself can be done in a quick and min­i­mal­ly-obstruc­tive man­ner when per­formed by a skilled and thought­ful fire­proof­ing con­trac­tor like Kaloutas. Indeed, while fire­proof coat­ings help keep your facil­i­ty func­tion­al and effi­cient, you don’t want to put your oper­a­tions on hold while the coat­ings are being applied. For­tu­nate­ly, intu­mes­cent coat­ings can be applied as a spray on fire­proof­ing mate­r­i­al, great­ly speed­ing up the process. Bet­ter yet, intu­mes­cent spray-on coat­ings can go over many exist­ing intu­mes­cent coat­ings, if prop­er­ly installed. Still, var­i­ous prepa­ra­tions must be made pri­or to appli­ca­tion, which is why the con­trac­tor in ques­tion should make clear well in advance that the facil­i­ty needs to be water­tight and main­tain a cer­tain inter­nal cli­mate for effi­cient, long-last­ing results. Coor­di­na­tion is key across the board if you wish to keep your oper­a­tions flow­ing dur­ing fire­proof­ing prepa­ra­tion and appli­ca­tion — at Kaloutas, we under­stand this well. 

We take the time to get to know a client and their facil­i­ty before mak­ing our move to help us pro­vide the best, most effi­cient ser­vices that don’t take a toll on work­place oper­a­tions or per­son­nel. Our No Work Stop­page Guar­an­tee” out­lines this point clear­ly, and we apply it to every­thing we do, includ­ing fire­proof­ing, con­tain­ment, clean­ing, paint­ing, caulk­ing, and more. To learn more about us and all that we do, con­tact us online or give us a call at 9785321414 today!

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