Did you know that there are thousands of people who get injured, or even killed, because of structural fires every single year? As reported by the NFPA, there were 2,640 fatalities as a result of structural fires, as well as 15,635 injuries, and a total of $9.7 billion worth of property damage. It’s clear that commercial fires are a severe problem. However, not all of them have to happen. Many fire-related fatalities come as a result of an ineffective fire and smoke containment approach.
FireStop is one of the primary lines of defense buildings have against fires. It minimizes how much smoke and fire can spread throughout a building, making it easier for people to escape the premises if necessary. But FireStop isn’t always installed the right way, and this can lead to serious problems. Here are the main reasons people run into firestop problems in commercial buildings.
Not Placing Emphasis on Code-Compliant Firestop Methods & Materials
The first reason for FireStop issues is because some people aren’t aware of how important it is to be code-compliant when installing a FireStop-based technology. Sometimes, people are unaware that a firewall is being breached or that you have to seal every gap that you find in a firewall.
It only takes a few minutes for smoke to completely envelop a room, even if it only has a small opening available. This is why proper FireStop installation needs to be held in high regard.
Choosing On-Hand Materials Instead of Certified and Tested Ones
Some people will want to surrender to the temptation of using materials that they find on-hand rather than using materials that are tested and certified. We strongly advise against this! You should always avoid using non-compliant FireStop materials. While using these materials sounds convenient, not all of them are actually suited for fire containment. If you’re going to properly douse a fire, you’ll need to invest in materials that have been tested and demonstrated to be able to handle the task. If you try to take the easy way out, there’s a higher chance fires will find an easy way into your building.
Find FireStop Solutions For Your Building 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 meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
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