Why Firestopping is Crucial

The design of commercial and industrial buildings is now required to take into account fire protection measures, both active and passive. Active fire protection includes systems that are activated in the case of fire – such as sprinklers, or extinguishers. Passive fire protection is part of the structural design, and its purpose is to contain the fire and manage its impact for up to 4 hours.

Passive fire protection materials include; fire protection barriers, fire and blast panels, intumescent paint, and firestopping, or penetration sealing. The goal of fire protection is threefold:

  1. Provide time and evacuation routes for the safe passage of employees from the building.
  2. Protect critical plant and maintain the structural integrity of the building.
  3. Allow fire fighters access to the source of the fire.

In this blog, we shall look at the crucial role firestopping plays in fire protection.