Top 3 Ways to Implement a Commercial Fireproofing Maintenance Plan
Fires can have devastating effects on lives and assets. In a perfect world, fires would be entirely prevented. Unfortunately, many factors can lead to commercial fires, even if you maintain strong safety protocols – this is why implementing and maintaining a proper fire protection plan is so important.
A fire protection plan is a way of configuring both active and passive measures to minimize the negative effects of a fire should one take place. Active fire protection (AFP) refers to systems that require some type of action (manual or automated) to respond to flames, such as alarms, sprinklers, and extinguishers. Passive fire protection (PFP), on the other hand, compartmentalizes a building with fire stopping and fireproof materials. Together, these active and passive measures help control fires and protect occupants to maximum effect. Proper planning ensures that the building is outfitted with the necessary AFP and PFP measures.
The key to creating an effective fire protection plan is understanding your building’s needs, your industry’s fire codes, and which fireproofing products and systems are best suited for your facility. This plan should be in concert with a fire prevention plan. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that, “A fire prevention plan must be in writing, be kept in the workplace, and be made available to employees for review.” OSHA also notes that a fire prevention plan must, at minimum, include:
“A list of all major fire hazards, proper handling and storage procedures for hazardous materials, potential ignition sources and their control, and the type of fire protection equipment necessary to control each major hazard.
Procedures to control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials.
Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment to prevent the accidental ignition of combustible materials.
The name or job title of employees responsible for maintaining equipment to prevent or control sources of ignition or fires.
The name or job title of employees responsible for the control of fuel source hazards.”
Maintaining Your Commercial Fireproofing
Though fire protection and prevention plans are slightly different, they’re both aimed at protecting your people and property from the devastation of flames. Fireproofing is an integral part of this ongoing fire protection plan, so it must be maintained. Let’s list the top 3 ways to implement a commercial fireproofing maintenance plan.
Top Three Ways to Implement a Commercial Fireproofing Maintenance Plan
1. Install the Right Materials in the Right Places
Not all fireproofing is created equal. The components and materials used in creating a final product will impact their effectiveness and durability. Moreover, fireproofing comes in multiple forms, namely cementitious and intumescent (i.e., expanding). Depending on their type and composition, some fireproofing materials are better suited for specific conditions (e.g., dry, humid, cold, warm, etc.). Installing the right fireproofing products in their optimal locations is crucial for maintaining your commercial fireproofing.
2. Conduct Periodic Fireproofing Inspections
Like any other material, fireproofing materials deteriorate over time. Your building’s fireproofing can also become damaged due to impact, internal climate fluctuations, and more. In most instances, you won’t notice if there’s an issue with your fireproofing unless you take a close look at it. As such, conducting periodic visual inspections for damage or potential failure are key to maintaining their efficacy.
3. Repair and Replace Fireproofing as Needed
Keeping an eye on your fireproofing materials will let you know if they require attention. If so, you must not wait to repair or replace the damaged section as needed. Fireproof patching services come in handy in this regard.
Planning to Protect Your Facility from Fire
Proper fire protection and prevention is all about planning and implementing that plan with quality installation, suitable products, and ongoing maintenance. At Kaloutas, we handle all of these aspects of fire protection, deploying efficient, unobstructive methods to keep our clients, their people, and their properties safe. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.