Extensive exposure to any smoke remains could be quite hazardous to a building but also to the health of its occupants. Getting a firestop becomes a crucial component of any high-rise building for a myriad of reasons. The reality is, high-rise buildings are difficult to climb for firefighters — which is where a firestop can be incredibly useful and helpful. Ultimately, having a firestop is the best way to reduce or even eliminate any fatalities from ever occurring if and when your high-rise comes under fire. Here are the key reasons why every single high-rise should always have a firestop installed effectively and efficiently.
Smoke Will Spread Vertically As Well
Fires in any high-rise building will typically generate lots of quantities of smoke and fire. The smoke tends to spread vertically when it comes to a high-rise building. The reality is, even if a fire is contained to just one room, the smoke is still most likely going to travel vertically — which requires firefighters to get to each and every floor where there is smoke to check and evacuate residents and animals as well. No matter how small a fire is, a complex series of pipes and other intricate ducts and cables can ignite. Ultimately, vertical utilities will always create a massive risk of leaving some gaps in the walls or ceilings and floors, and that’ll likely lead the fire to then end up spreading vertically as well.
Long Evacuation Times Are Needed
As you can imagine, there are many people who live in high-rise buildings. There are so many people that need to be evacuated safely that the evaluation times can be quite extensive. The reality is, with the higher density of occupants, having a firestop is a great way to eliminate the risk associated with a long evacuation time to provide a safe evacuation process for everyone involved. Ultimately, fire walls need to protect the egress of fire from coming through — this’ll allow for a safe evacuation despite the longer time involved. Ensuring your high-rise building has all the safety precautions in place when it comes to fire safety becomes increasingly important to protect the safety of all residents in the event of a fire.
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.