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 978−532−1414 today.