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Why Your High-Rise Commercial Buildings Need Firestop Installations

Why Your High-Rise Commercial Buildings Need Firestop Installations

High-rise buildings need firestop installations in order to protect occupants and the building.

One of the common causes of injury and death when a fire happens is smoke inhalation. Did you know that high-rise buildings are usually considered high-risk in the event of a fire? High-rise buildings need firestop installations in order to protect occupants and the building itself from dangerous fires that could end up deadly. This is because of the height of the building. Since smoke will rise, it can quickly fill up the length of a high-rise building before the occupants will ever catch a glimpse of the fire itself. A firestop installation and other fire protection material installation features can help control the spread of deadly smoke and fire outbreaks. Read on to learn more!

Firestop Controls the Smoke from Rising

When a fire happens, smoke will quickly begin to rise vertically in a high-rise building. This is quite dangerous because it means that the spread of smoke will start to fill higher levels of your building. As occupants within the building are unaware that a fire has started on a lower level, they’ll unknowingly inhale smoke. This could possibly render people unconscious before they even realize a fire outbreak has happened. By going with firestop installations in your high-rise commercial buildings, you can ensure that there is a strong barrier between floors that helps control the dangerous spread of smoke.

It is More Challenging to Exit a High-Rise Building

It is more challenging to evacuate all occupants from a high-rise building because of the amount of floors. A fire on one floor can seriously restrict occupants from leaving from an exit route. Elevators might also become damaged by a fire, which can leave people with only one exit route from a high-rise commercial building. This exit route, as occupants attempt to leave, might become crowded quickly with stressed occupants looking for a safer exit. When you install firestop throughout a high-rise building, you’re protecting people from long smoke inhalation exposure who might have to wait to exit or for someone to rescue them from the building.

Firefighters Have to Access the Fire from Within to Stop the Dangerous Spread

For buildings that are high in the sky, firefighters can work on the exterior of a building with a ladder to help control the fire with a hose only if the fire is on a low level of the building. If a fire has happened on a higher level of the high rise, firefighters will have to gain access from inside the building to control the fire. This could result in a fire spreading rapidly throughout the high-rise as firefighters try to access the building while occupants leave. The installation of firestop in a high-rise building can be the difference between life and death for everyone involved.

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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 know how to handle equipment and potentially risky situations during a project. We offer services in the way of concrete core-drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, Air Barriers, Firestop, and BIM Project Management and Coordination. 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.