Fire safety in the workplace

Fire safety in the workplace

Fire safety is paramount on construction sites which are littered with so many potential accelerants. Both commercial and residential properties can be fitted with some extra safety “gear” to ensure that if anything does happen, it is lessened or contained completely. Let’s have a look at some of the most common examples of fire safety mechanisms which can be implemented during the construction phase.

Passive fire protection

Passive fire protection is an example of material science and careful planning. Choosing materials which will halt the spread of fire to contain it, or slow it down sufficiently that it can be brought under control.

Carefully planning the layout of buildings can ensure that fire does not spread. This is unfortunately not applicable to already established buildings.

Cavity Barrier Systems

Cavity Barrier Systems are used to prevent the spread of fire and smoke in roof and ceiling cavities. This solution can add an extra 240 minutes of fire protection and prevent fire spreading to other parts of the house in that time. This is an industry leading solution which utilises the advances in material science and fire safety.

This offers a safe and harmless replacement for asbestos, is lightweight and easily installed and these materials also reduce or completely negate the heat transferring through buildings.

Firestopping Systems

Firestopping Systems reduce or completely negate the leaking of smoke, harmful gasses and fire between floors or rooms of a building. These are particularly useful for pipes which penetrate through walls or floors and pass through multiple rooms.

These are perfect for ducts, pipes, electrical cables and much more.

Intumescent Coating

Intumescent Coating Systems provide reliable and practical protection against fire. During a fire these systems protect and insulate the steelwork, maintaining the structural integrity of the components which is aimed at preventing a potential collapse. This coating can add up to 120 minutes of extra protection against fires.

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