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Essential Reasons Why High-Rise Buildings Need Firestop

One of the most common causes of death when a fire occurs is smoke inhalation. Did you know that high-rise buildings are considered high-risk in the event of a fire? High-rise buildings especially need firestop to protect occupants and the building itself from a devastating fire that could be deadly. This is due to the height of the building itself. Since smoke rises, smoke can quickly fill the length of a high-rise building before the occupants ever catch a glimpse of the fire itself. An installation of firestop and other fire protection features can help control deadly smoke and fire outbreaks.

Did you know that high-rise buildings are considered high-risk in the event of a fire?

Firestop Controls Smoke-Rising

In the event of a fire occurring, smoke will rapidly begin to rise vertically in a high-rise building. This is incredibly dangerous because it means that the spread of the smoke will start to fill higher levels of the building. As occupants within the building are unaware that a fire has broken out on a lower level, they will unknowingly inhale smoke. This could potentially render occupants unconscious before they even become aware of a fire outbreak and attempt an evacuation. By installing firestop within a building, you can ensure that there is a barrier between floors that helps control the spread of smoke. 

It’s Harder to Evacuate a High-Rise Building

It’s harder to evacuate all occupants from a high-rise building since there are multiple floors. Furthermore, a fire on one floor can potentially restrict occupants from leaving from an exit route. Elevators may become damaged within a fire, which might leave occupants with only one exit route from a high-rise building. This exit route, as occupants attempt to escape, may become quickly crowded with frenzied occupants searching for a safe exit. By installing firestop throughout a high-rise building, you are protecting occupants from long smoke inhalation exposure who may have to wait for exit or rescue from a high-rise building.

Firefighters Need to Access the Fire from Within to Stop the Spread

For high-rise buildings, firefighters can work on the exterior of a building with a ladder to control a fire with a hose only if the fire is on a lower level of the building. If a fire has occurred on a higher level of the high-rise, firefighters will need to gain access from the interior of the building to control the fire. This can result in a fire rapidly spreading throughout the high-rise as firefighters attempt to gain access to the building while occupants are exiting. The installation of firestop in a high-rise building can truly be the difference between life and death for all parties involved. 

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