What is Firestopping

What is Firestopping? 

A firestop is a system that’s designed to contain smoke and fire in the areas where a fire is sparked. It’s composed of several components that are made to seal openings created by the following building upgrades and installations:

  • Electrical
  • Communication (e.g. cables, wires, etc.)
  • Plumbing
  • Ventilation

Unlike the typical sealants you find in hardware stores, firestopping materials are tested, certified, and approved by a third party lab like Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Omega Laboratory. It’s important that they meet ASTM standards to ensure that they’re strong enough to withstand the heat, pressure, and destructive nature of fires.

The Benefits of Firestop

When it comes to protecting your staff and your business, it's important to make sure you have the proper system installed should a fire ever break out. Here are a few of the benefits of a firestop system:

Increased Odds of Life Safety

Fire, smoke, and toxic gases can easily spread to adjacent rooms through the penetrations found in the walls, ceilings, or floors. Because of this, people who are trying to escape the fire are still at risk of smoke inhalation – placing their lives in danger. With a proper firestopping system, however, the threat is compartmentalized, allowing for safe evacuation.

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Reduced Property Damage

Structural fires can lead to severe fire damage and covering the cost of the repairs or replacement can get expensive. By installing a firestop system, the aftermath can be minimized so you won’t have to spend as much to restore all your losses and will reduce the time your business is out of commission.

Improved Building Security

Once the firestop materials are in place, you can protect your family, tenants, or business from fire-related situations better. This system will also give you peace of mind because you know that your building, assets, and people can stay safe from the flames.

Letting us take care of property will ensure that the system provides efficient fire protection. Our installation service includes the following features:

  • Labeling
  • Interfacing with the architect and general contractor
  • Assistance of an engineer and building inspector
  • Penetration logs such as installer, type, and location

Why Install Firestopping in My Building?

Although fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinklers can help reduce the spreading of fires, they may be able do very little if the flames have engulfed an entire room or area. If a fire breaks out in your building, it’s best to evacuate the building and keep yourself safe, rather than trying to put out the fire. Fortunately, you can prevent fire and smoke from affecting other rooms if you have a firestop properly installed.

If you’re interested in installing a firestop system on your property, you can contact Firestop Middle East today. Our company is a single-source contractor specializing in installing firestop systems in the areas of Dubai, UAE.  We can also be reached at +9714 4508061 to schedule a consultation.

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