The importance of Fire Stopping

Fire Stopping is the technique of sealing any gaps and openings that are caused by services and/or utilities passing through (wires, pipes etc), in order to prevent fire and smoke from spreading through to other rooms within a building – this is also known as compartmentalisation.

Problem areas to consider would be:

  • Pipes
  • Trunking
  • Cables
  • Construction joints
  • Vents
  • Windows
  • Door frames

Essentially, any gaps or openings between walls and floors should be inspected as to whether fire stopping materials are required to preserve the structural integrity of a building in the event of a fire.

Fire stopping is a crucial component in the passive fire protection of a building, and there are many varieties of fire stopping products available to achieve the required degree of containment. These include: Fire sealants and gap fillers, coated batts, fire doors and more.

With the wide range of fire stopping products available and building regulations to abide by, it can be difficult to know where you stand when it comes to effective fire safety. Here at Fire FM, our professional team have over 18 years’ experience within the industry – so get in touch today on 01582 668500 to talk to our fire protection experts!