Month: June 2014

Bring On The Heat: Firestopping & Choosing UL Systems

Although firestop is necessary, there are also many different firestop manufacturers, products, and UL systems that come into play. This can make it an extremely challenging task. When it comes to firestopping; all joints and penetrations in rated assemblies must be protected by the appropriate listed system. If penetrations within your facility are not properly Read more…

The Importance of Firestop In High-Rise Buildings

Extensive exposure to smoke remains one of the primary causes of fire-related fatalities, especially in high-rise buildings. In the 1981 Toronto Hotel Fire, a fire began on the 2nd floor of the 23-story building. The fire was contained to the room of origin, but the smoke spread was significant. Six fatalities occurred in the stairwells Read more…

The Forgotten Costs of Non-Compliant Firestop

The containment of smoke and other toxic gases during a fire is a crucial element of fire and life safety. At times, it’s easy to get bogged down in the little details of life safety compliance. The codes, requirements, and citations from Authorities Having Jurisdiction who enforce these codes seem to be the driving factor Read more…

Why Is Firestopping Such A Major Problem?

What Makes Firestop So Difficult? Running wire and cable is crucial to the operation of any building, but in turn sealed penetrations are crucial to the safety of building occupants. This is a persistent battle. A battle that takes knowledge, time, and funding. According to the article The Best Prognosis For Firestop Value, “It’s a Read more…