When the time has come to installing FireStop materials in your new construction building, there are many different violations you must avoid. By doing this, you ensure that the building has adequate fire protection in case a fire ever breaks out. However, that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels: be sure to include fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, and fire suppression systems as well. It all starts with FireStop, though, so let’s take a closer look.
No Reviewing of Plans
Before any work can begin, all plans must be reviewed and approved. Even as work commences and continues, new plans must continually be looked at and approved before they can be used in the construction zone. This doesn’t only apply to how a building will be built or torn down; determining where the FireStop materials should go is just as important as cutting through concrete or placing emergency exits. All plans must show that the installation process will be up to code, as well. Testing and listing systems for each application must be included in the plans. Not including this information can make future safety inspections more difficult and time-consuming than they need to be,
Poor Wall Ratings
FireStop is so essential because it can prevent fire penetration (how fires spread into other rooms) and it can also contain the fire before it grows out of control. The wall ratings against fire, air, and smoke must be sufficient to pass inspection, or else this constitutes a flagrant violation.
Walls are Not Fully Stopped
Likewise, the walls must be protected against the possibility of fire and smoke damage. Head-of-wall and bottom-of-wall joints are vital components that cannot be excluded from any viable building plans or blueprints.
Wrong Fasteners Used
Now then, you must consider the fasteners that you used during the installation process. Although this sounds counterproductive, some FireStop materials need to be laid in thinner layers than others. That’s because when they are exposed to heat, they will expand. These FireStop materials are used to help protect anything that can be melted, burned, or warped by the presence of heat, light, and fire.
Prioritize Employee Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meeting to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.