When facilities get constructed, they are built with the intention of having fire barriers. These barriers would shield the building in the event of a fire. However, in recent years, many of these barriers suffer penetrations as a result of new wires getting run through the building or because fixtures get moved. Using the right firestopping methods is vital to addressing these problems. Otherwise, your building could be at risk for a fire breakout. Before your firestop installation, here is what you should keep in mind.
Ensure That Your Building Meets Code Before Your Firestop Installation
Building codes, when enforced, help keep people and facilities safe. Because of this, you should know which building codes are relevant to your building. Understanding of codes keeps your facility in compliance, which in turn helps to protect your workers.
Plan to Address Any Open Penetrations
If you don’t currently have any plan on how to handle penetrations, you might want to consider making a plan now. Maintenance concerns are going to arise, and when they do, it will be handy for you to have the tools to address them or otherwise have a trustworthy firestop contractor handle everything for you.
Find a Firestop Contractor
If you’re getting a firestop installation done, it’s best for you to have a contractor in mind. You’ll need to conduct research to make sure you’re picking someone dependable. The company performing your firestop installation should place emphasis on safety and have a proven track record of providing excellent service.
Don’t Mix Firestop Products from Different Manufacturers
It doesn’t matter if you’re doing your firestop installation yourself or if you’re getting professional help with the job; never use products from different manufacturers! Each manufacturer will have a different Firestop UL system. If these systems get blended together, your fire barriers might not be compliant.
Always Keep Proof of Maintenance
If you’re going to have an AHJ survey, you’ll need plenty of documentation, such as before and after photos. Always keep records on hand that can let people know about what has been done on the property. If you don’t have them on hand, make sure that your firestop contractor can get you the necessary documentation.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.