firestopping

A Beginner’s Guide to Firestopping

A Beginner’s Guide to Firestopping Firestopping can be one of the most difficult jobs you are faced with when conducting maintenance and inspections in your facility. There are many different codes and specifications that go into knowing which UL system to use depending on the penetration, and how to do the job right to help Read more…

Maintaining Fire Barriers

Maintaining Fire Barriers As a facility engineer, you know that maintaining fire barriers keeps smoke and other toxic gases from spreading around the building and allows occupants to evacuate safely. According to the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, any penetrations must be treated right away. The compartmentalization of smoke during a fire in the building Read more…

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors

Benefits of Hiring Local Life Safety Contractors Visits from The Joint Commission or other AHJs are usually unexpected. If there are areas of your facility that have been neglected, you could be facing hefty fines or consequences when an AHJ is in the facility surveying. Having local life safety contractors nearby staff can help eliminate Read more…

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs

Firestopping Essentials for All FMs How does firestopping work? All buildings are designed and built to compartmentalize smoke and flames if a fire occurs. This separation keeps the fire contained in the room of origin, allowing for safe evacuation of the remainder of the building. This design is compromised when holes are made in the Read more…

Are Your Fire Dampers Costing Your Facility Extra Money, Too?

Many facility managers have their fire dampers inspected every 4-6 years as they are required. But does waiting so long cost you more money in the long run? Fire dampers directly affect your HVAC system in a few ways: When a damper fails to open after a test of the alarm system, the air flow Read more…

Dos & Don’ts of Firestop Installation

Firestopping is an important part of maintaining and repairing your fire barriers. Without proper firestopping, penetrations that are left untreated can be deadly if a fire were to break out in the facility. There can be many different opinions on how to tackle firestopping projects, but those are likely never based on the facts or Read more…

5 Things Your Firestop Contractor Should Be Doing

Finding a specialty firestop contractor can take a lot of time and resources, so when you finally find one that you think is a good fit for your facility it can be a huge relief. You’ve likely scheduled some on-going maintenance with your contractor, and expect that they are doing the job in a timely, Read more…

New Year’s Resolution: Set up a Firestop Maintenance Program

The holiday season has ended, and the New Year is here. While you’re making resolutions for yourself personally, don’t forget to make resolutions for the workplace to help get 2016 started in the right direction. One of the resolutions we suggest this New Year is coordinating a firestop maintenance program to ensure facility safety and Read more…