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PROFESSIONAL FIRE STOPPING
Fire stopping is a key element of controlling a fire. Successfully stopping or slowing down a fire can give people more time to evacuate the area and allow the fire service to arrive and start fighting the fire. As such, it’s vital that you have effective fire stopping measures in place, such as fire-resistant walls, floors, doors, and there are few better ways of stopping fire than compartmental fire stopping measures.
Fire Stopping Surveys
The idea behind compartments in buildings is to try and contain the fire to one compartment, and delay, if not stop, the fire from spreading to other areas, making it easier for firefighters to put the fire out. It can also help to prevent the fire from gaining too strong a foothold, or from gaining easy access to areas that could cause the fire to aggressively expand, such as chemicals or easily combustible materials or air.
This makes a fire stopping survey especially important for businesses or homes with highly combustible items inside, as having the correct stopping measures in place would give enough time for either the items to be moved to safety if that is possible, or if not, then it should give enough time for the fire service to get the fire under control.
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Compartmental Fire Stopping
Compartmental fire stopping is currently one of the most commonly found and foolproof methods of fire prevention. However, this method of fire prevention is reliant on the building owner to commission regular fire risk assessments and fire compartmentation inspections by trained professionals who can survey the entire building, including the current condition of the compartmental fire stopping measures that you currently have.
Here at GRJ Surveying, we offer fire compartmentation surveys for both residential and commercial properties, and with our team’s up to date knowledge of compartmental fire stopping regulations, you can be confident that our reports will be relevant, reliable, and easy to understand with any necessary follow up action clearly outlined so you know what you need to do in order to best protect your property.
For more information about our full range of private and public sector surveying services, including our compartmental fire stopping and intumescent steel coating surveys, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our services. Alternatively, book in for a survey from a member of our highly skilled and knowledgeable team.
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What is fire stopping?
Fire stopping is one of the fundamental elements of passive fire protection. The term fire stopping refers to the process of using fire-resistant materials to fill gaps and openings between walls, ceilings and floors. This is done to prevent fire and smoke from spreading throughout the compartments within your building.
When is fire stopping required?
Fire stopping measures are required in all commercial and industrial buildings as well as multi storey residential buildings. Without adequate fireproofing methods in place, fire and smoke will quickly travel through the building, resulting in damages to your property.
What is the difference between a fire stopping and a fire compartmentation survey?
A fire stopping survey is done to find areas where a fire resisting construction has been breached and needs remedial action.
A full compartmentation survey on the other hand is a comprehensive inspection of your walls, floors and ceilings to determine if your compartmentation is up to standard.