There is an abundance of major industries that have the need for fire protection. These industries include schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, among other places. You need something in place to keep fires at bay if they arise. A solution that many people use is firestop.
Firestop is a passive type of fire protection system. It helps to keep fires contained, allowing people to escape the premises unharmed.
Why Do Firestop Errors Put Fire Protection at Risk?
Passive firestop systems are often included in the schematics whenever a new building is being created. These schematics get reviewed by building code officials, who approve them once they’ve met the necessary requirements. If the building receives any upgrades after being built, all of the new or otherwise changed fire barrier penetrations must be firestopped. Otherwise, your passive suppression system will lose its integrity.
Sadly, many businesses struggle with keeping their fire suppression systems maintained, and they might not firestop any alterations to the system. This doesn’t usually happen because people are neglectful. It’s often because they don’t understand all of the different codes and requirements.
For this reason, it’s handy to have a firestop expert in your corner helping you every step of the way. They’ll make sure your building’s fire suppression system is current and in compliance with the right codes and regulations.
Some Typical Firestop Errors
There are problems that can befall your firestop system if you aren’t careful. One common mistake people make is to use the wrong materials. All firestop materials must be approved at testing facilities that have been nationally acknowledged. Straying from these materials and opting to swap them for other options that don’t satisfy the necessary fire rating standards can cause big problems. You also shouldn’t blend different brands together. Make sure all of your materials belong to the same brand if you want to avoid problems.
The installation can also go wrong if you’re not careful. People often perform DIY projects to avoid spending as much money. This doesn’t go as well as they would hope. There are specific requirements for how the installation should be carried out, and not everyone is familiar with these requirements. Because of this, it may be best if you find a firestop installation company to carry out the procedure. They’ll make sure everything is installed properly the first time. You’ll spend a little more money upfront, but the quality of work will ensure you get your money’s worth.
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.