What to Know About Firestopping
The Importance of Firestopping
Firestopping is an essential component of a fire prevention plan when creating or repairing your commercial facility. It isn’t just part of your typical fireproof installation. It takes your fireproofing to the next level in every nook and cranny of your facility that can withstand fires and keep them from getting worse.
According to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), “It’s not uncommon to see a fire barrier penetrated during a minor building alteration, and then the penetrating item isn’t protected by firestopping”.
In order to mitigate potential hazards, you must ensure your building has implemented the proper firestopping throughout. Kaloutas is armed with knowledge and equipment to keep your operations going and your assets protected.
What Is Firestopping?
Firestop reduces the passage of fire, smoke, and gases through a building during a fire. These products can come in the form of:
Mechanical devices (firestop collar)
Foam blocks or pillows
During construction or building overhauls and repairs, firestopping is implemented by sealing off openings and joints to contain a fire and all the hazards that come with it. Firestop is typically found on facility flooring, ceilings, and walls, in addition to the typical fireproofing efforts.
What Will Firestopping Do for My Commercial Facility?
A room or warehouse with properly installed firestopping will be up-to-code with fire-rated walls, ceilings, and floors. Because these three areas contain several small openings, without the proper protection, a fire will easily disrupt them, hurting the entire building’s integrity and spreading faster throughout. Fires can consume your assets in seconds, but when your firestopping works, it gives you and your people time to exit the building as well as allowing more time for the fire department to arrive to reduce damages. Without such extensive loss, you are saved time and money in costly repairs and downtime.
How Can I Implement Firestopping?
There are typically two applications for firestopping:
Around openings that are made in construction for pipes, cables, or HVAC systems.
Where two assemblies meet, forming an expansion joint such as the top of a wall or floor-to-floor joints.
As a Facility Owner, What Do I Need to Know?
You must always be aware of any issues in regards to facility maintenance, inspection, and documentation of a facility’s in-place firestopping. Because fire codes dictate construction, protection, and occupancy details of commercial buildings, keeping up with these ever changing codes is essential to stay open and compliant. You have better things to worry about when running a business, so let the experts do the job for you without any work stoppage with a customized firestopping maintenance plan.
How Kaloutas Will Help!
Kaloutas has the most updated equipment and knowledge of what your commercial facility needs for its firestopping. With fire engineers on staff, a no work stoppage guarantee, and multiservice repertoire, you only have to implement one contractor onboarding, one walkthrough, and one contract when working with us. Contact us today to get started on your firestopping plan with Kaloutas!