What is FireStopping?
Firestopping is an integral part of fire protection engineering. Firestop systems protect against the passage of flames, deadly gases and toxic smoke through openings that are created for penetrations, joints and gaps in fire-resistive walls, floors and floor/ceiling assemblies. The integrity of fire-rated assemblies is restored by firestop systems. Building codes require third-party tested systems to be installed whenever fire-rated construction is compromised by such openings.
What is Meant by "Active" and "Passive" Fire Protection?
Active fire suppression includes mechanical systems such as sprinklers, that are designed to extinguish fires after they have started. Passive fire protection functions to contain fires within the areas in which they start, preventing loss of life by preventing the products of combustion (smoke, hot gasses and flames) from spreading throughout abuilding.
Why is "Passive" Fire Protection Necessary?
Fire is a dangerous enough phenomenon that redundancy in fire protection is necessary. Having passive protection in place helps assure building occupants that there will be time to exit before gasses, fire and smoke spread throughout the building. If active systems fail, as they often do, then there is still a passive system in place for life safety.
Typical FireStop Application?
Curtain wall joits SpecSeal, Series AS200 elastomeric spray.
Metallic cable tray with SpecSeal Series SSB intumescent pillos.
Metallic pipe with SpecSeal Series SSS intumescent sealant.
Multiple pipe and cable penetrations with SpecSeal Series SS intumescent sealant.
Insulated steel pipe with SpecSeal Series LCI intumescent sealment.
Fluted steel deck with SpecSeal Series AS200 spray and SpecSeal Series ES elastomeric sealant.
Structural penetrant with SpecSeal Series AS200 elastomeric spray.
Insulated electrical, data, or telecom cables with SpecSeal Series SSP putty.
Metallic pipe with SpecSeal Series LCI intumenscent sealant.
8" polypropylene pipe with SpecSeal Series SSW BLUE wrap strip
PVC pipe with Specseal Series SSW RED wrap strip.
Floor to wall joint with Pensil Series PEN 300 silicone sealant.
Multiple pipe penetrations with SpecSeal Series SSW wrap strip, Series LCC collar, and Series SSM.
Metallic pipe in sleeve with SpecSeal Series SSS intumescent sealant.
Metallic clabe tray with SpecSea Series SSS intumescent sealant.
EZ-Path Fire Rated Pathway. Tripple plate configuration with data cable.