Many people suffer fatalities as a result of structural fires. On top of the lives that are lost, there are building damages that are incredibly expensive to repair. It’s amazing how much damage fire causes, and there are ways to minimize the risks of these fires occurring. The main defense many buildings have against fires is a firestop system. These help to contain fires so that they don’t spread to other parts of the building, enabling people to have the ability to evacuate. However, there are a few problems revolving around firestop, and these problems need to be addressed to preserve people’s safety.
Little Awareness on How Important Firestop Is
Many people don’t fully comprehend the importance of firestop. It’s one of your greatest defenses against fires if they ever come up. They also might not understand when they are penetrating a fire wall and when fire walls have to be sealed because of these penetrations. It’s not too uncommon for people to start renovating buildings without taking firestopping into consideration. But when you don’t factor it in, you won’t have proper sealant when it’s needed the most because you could accidentally damage it while performing renovations. This results in fires running rampant throughout a building with no way to contain them, which can cause casualties and damage to the structure.
Not Using the Right Materials for the Installation
Many contractors will choose convenience over quality when installing firestop. They think that they can use whatever materials are nearby to create the structure when, in reality, the materials you pick have to be chosen carefully. The materials have to be tested and certified to guarantee that you’ll have a strong level of protection for your building. Using anything less than tested and certified firestop materials means that the firestop is likely not going to hold up in the event of a fire emergency. Cutting corners isn’t going to make the firestop installation process any easier. You’ll have to install a new system anyway when the old system inevitably fails, and you’ll also spend additional money on the new installation, not even factoring in the costs of any repairs caused by an inefficient firestop system.
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.