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How Warehouse Fireproofing Saves Your Commercial Business from Damage, Injury, and Financial Loss

Warehouse ceiling that has been fireproofed How Warehouse Fireproofing Saves Your Commercial Business from Damage, Injury, and Financial Loss

A fire can be a mas­sive blow to your busi­ness. Cur­rent esti­mates reveal that com­mer­cial fires cost busi­ness­es more than $2.4 bil­lion annu­al­ly. Fires can occur any­where (whether it’s an office space, pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty, ware­house, etc.), and they can be trig­gered by sev­er­al fac­tors. In ware­hous­es, approx­i­mate­ly 18% of fires are caused by elec­tri­cal prob­lems, usu­al­ly relat­ed to flip­pant daisy-chain­ing, over­loaded cir­cuits, and lack of rou­tine main­te­nance. Even if you remain vig­i­lant with your ware­house main­te­nance, fires can still occur. In the event of a fire, you must make sure your ware­house is well-pre­pared to mit­i­gate the neg­a­tive effects of flames on your build­ing, equip­ment, and occu­pants — this is where thor­ough fire­proof­ing (along with oth­er fire pro­tec­tion meth­ods) come into play.

Here’s how prop­er ware­house fire­proof­ing helps pro­tect your busi­ness from dam­age, injury, and finan­cial loss.

How Ware­house Fire­proof­ing Helps Pro­tect Your Business

Shields Sur­faces from Flames

Fire­proof coat­ings are applied direct­ly to var­i­ous sur­faces inside a build­ing, pro­vid­ing a lay­er of pro­tec­tion designed to com­bat flames. Intu­mes­cent fire­proof­ing is par­tic­u­lar­ly pow­er­ful in pro­tect­ing your assets from fire, as these coat­ings expand when exposed to extreme­ly high tem­per­a­tures. By puff­ing up into a char­coal-like foam sub­stance, an even more sig­nif­i­cant insu­la­tive bar­ri­er is formed that reduces the impact of high heat on under­ly­ing sur­faces (this is espe­cial­ly cru­cial for struc­tur­al com­po­nents). Cemen­ti­tious fire­proof­ing also pro­tects sur­faces from fire, though it does not trans­form like its intu­mes­cent coun­ter­part. In either case, the prop­er appli­ca­tion of these coat­ings helps pre­vent fire from incur­ring severe dam­age to your var­i­ous assets, reduc­ing the cost of poten­tial repairs and replace­ments after the fact.

Helps Build­ings Retain Struc­tur­al Integri­ty Despite Fire

As briefly men­tioned above, high-qual­i­ty fire­proof paint is essen­tial for pro­tect­ing a warehouse’s struc­tur­al integri­ty. While struc­tur­al steel is high­ly durable, pro­longed expo­sure to flames can weak­en its struc­ture, which can lead to a chain reac­tion that ulti­mate­ly results in col­lapse. At the very least, var­i­ous com­po­nents over­head can break apart and fall down, pos­ing a seri­ous threat to any­one who hap­pens to be below. In the event of a fire, it’s cru­cial to evac­u­ate all occu­pants as effi­cient­ly as pos­si­ble to avoid these haz­ards — fire­proof­ing great­ly reduces the odds of such injuries as you attempt to get your peo­ple to safety.

Buys Time for First Responders

The soon­er a fire is put out, the bet­ter. While even small fires can wreak hav­oc on cer­tain mate­ri­als, the most exten­sive dam­age occurs after time has passed and flames have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spread as far as pos­si­ble. One of the key advan­tages of out­fit­ting your ware­house with fire retar­dant paint is that doing so slows down how quick­ly and vio­lent­ly the fire can spread inside your build­ing. As a result, more time is afford­ed to fire­fight­ers to quench the flames. You still want these first respon­ders to arrive as soon as pos­si­ble, of course, but you also want them to encounter a more man­age­able fire as opposed to a sit­u­a­tion that’s got­ten out of con­trol. Fire­proof­ing affords this impor­tant advan­tage, pro­tect­ing your peo­ple and your property.

Pro­vide Your Ware­house with the Fire Pro­tec­tion it Deserves

A fire can occur at your ware­house when you least expect it. Make sure your peo­ple, build­ing, and assets are as pro­tect­ed as pos­si­ble from this per­va­sive lia­bil­i­ty. At Kaloutas, we’re more than your aver­age fire­proof­ing con­trac­tor. Not only do we pro­vide a wide range of fire­proof­ing ser­vices (includ­ing cemen­ti­tious, intu­mes­cent, fire­proof patch­ing, etc.) — we work the way you do, always mak­ing sure not to inter­fere with your oper­a­tions as we for­ti­fy your facil­i­ty. Whether you need a respon­sive, coop­er­a­tive, qual­i­fied con­trac­tor for fire­proof­ing, paint­ing, clean­ing, con­tain­ment, or seal­ing, con­tact us online or give us a call at 9785321414 today.

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