What is Fire stopping?
It can be a common occurrence to find mention of “gaps in compartment walls and floors which require fire stopping” in the freshly prepared fire risk assessments, this can leave some people scratching their heads and struggling to know what to do.
In the United Kingdom in most cases building design tends to rely on passive fire protection to restrict the spread of fire. By design buildings are divided into ‘fire compartments’. The concept is that if a fire starts, it is contained for a sufficient period of time to enable the occupants to escape safely.
If there is a gap(s) between compartments (commonly know as a “breach”) the integrity of the compartmentation is reduced and fire can spread more readily, this in turn will shorten the length of time occupants have to safely escape.
What should you do about it?
We advise you use a specialist installer of fire stopping products. Although we don’t install such products ourselves we be happy to advise you. Once you have dealt with historic issues. It would be beneficial to ensure that your contractors or in-house maintenance team don’t make breaches in the future. Top tip: Never allow breaches to be filled with non-fire resisting material.