The High Value Of Fire Stopping
There were more than 300 fire-related fatalities in England between 2015 and 2016. Fire and Rescue Services attended around 162,000 fires and there was a 3 per cent increase in fires in non-residential buildings.
These facts and figures – along with catastrophic occurrences like the Grenfell Tower blaze in London – point to an urgent need to tackle fires before they get out of control.
One way to slow the spread of flames should a fire break out is to section off different parts of the building with compartment walls to halt the spread to other rooms or floors.
That is where fire stopping comes in. It involves sealing of gaps and openings to prevent fire, heat and smoke passing from one building compartment to another. However, the often complex and difficult nature of access and design to maintain the fire integrity around electrical and mechanical services where they penetrate compartment walls, or pass through floors, mean special skills are required when services such as ductwork and cables penetrate compartment walls.
Mechanical and electrical services, by necessity, breach compartment walls and floors, often allowing failure of integrity and insulation to occur where gaps around services have not been adequately fire stopped.
That’s why ECEX has introduced a new range of fire stopping services, including fire stopping of walls, floors and risers; fire barriers; structural fire protection; fire-rated ductwork and air sealing.
Working in association with partner business FP Ninety Three, we are able to offer a prompt, free site survey followed by a detailed report and quotation from experienced personnel as a part of the service – which includes fire curtains and stopping penetrations in the ceiling void. It also covers advice and impartial suggestions on materials, design and specification, together with costs.
As well as offering a full site installation service, all the operatives providing the ECEX service hold NVQ level 2 Passive Fire Protection. Furthermore, the fully secure workforce can be assigned to any government building/hospitals.
The fire stopping team is FIRAS-accredited and on the approved list for leading M&E contractors, which means that all work complies with the relevant legislation.
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