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Fire Stopping & Fire Barriers

Why Fire Stop?

National Fire Ltd can provide a high-quality, third party accredited professional installation for any fire stopping requirement.

Firstly, and most importantly we “Fire Stop” because the Law states that any building with staff, visitors and any other person in it, has to provide a “Safe Means of Escape”.

This means that corridors, stairwells, lift shafts and all escape routes must be constructed to prevent the passage of fire and Smoke for a specific amount of time, this is a legal requirement to protect your staff or visitors.

We use fire stop systems because our installations will not only save lives, but also stops the spread of a fire and preventing total property devastation but also to stop the deadly spread of smoke.How is passive fire barrier compliance acheived? Using the nationally recognised “Q” mark certification scheme, and industry tested products as well as experienced installation engineers gives National Fire the edge amongst our competitors and ensures our customers receive the high standard of work, they deserve for the firestopping we complete for them.To give the fire barrier industry some context, the most common identified cause of fire related death In the UK is caused by being overcome by gas or smoke. In 2016 there was 88,700-property fire in the UK, which unfortunately caused 491 fire-related deaths.

Where is firestopping required – Simply in all properties.

Existing Buildings requirements

Firestopping Board Enclosures – Effectively surrounding the required structure to be protected with a firestopping rated board protecting against the effects of a fire for a pre-determined time.

Intumescent firestopping Coatings – An effective way of protecting structural steel work and applied as a spray.

General firestopping – firestopping between floors and walls is critical to ensure the prevention of a fire travel from one area into another.

Without adequate firestopping a small un-contained fire within a room could lead to total building loss or even possible fatalities.

At National Fire, we have achieved an excellent reputation for our installations of passive firestopping systems. Our operatives are highly trained to deal with all firestopping installation issues. These include but are not limited to: Penetration & Cavity Barriers, Fire Curtains, Structural Steel protection and a highly experienced team to install firestopping cladding to ductwork and fire rated partitions for compartmentation.

New Build requirements

The use of firestopping tested/rated materials has been part of our British standards for quite some time now, but many builders do not realize the potential risk they take by not employing the services of a third-party expert in this field, as it is not until a property suffers fire damage will investigations begin.

We produce highly decretive and modern finishes to:
Fire Rated Walls and de-mountable partitions
High standard fire doors with automatic door closures in various finishes.
Fire rated seals between floors – Electrical & Pipe riser penetrations for example.
Fire rated ceilings.

All our Installations use manufactures approved systems of firestopping installations depending on your application and fire rating which could be 30, 60, 90, 120 or even 240 minutes. We can liaise closely with your building control officers or designers to ensure you do not have fire integrity issues.

National Fire protects your People, your buildings & your environment.

Effective fire-stopping in fire-resisting separating elements plays a critical role in containing a fire at its source, thereby reducing its effect on the primary building
structure. The degree of spread is controlled by creating fire-resisting compartments which subdivide the building. Mechanical and electrical services, by necessity, breach compartment walls and floors allowing failure of integrity and insulation to occur where gaps around services have not been adequately fire stopped. Fire-stopping products must be able to provide sufficient insulation to the penetrating services, in order to reduce the temperature, rise along conductive materials, in accordance with the required insulation criteria of the fire-separating element. In addition, the movement of smoke is often an underrated feature of fires, and needs to be considered carefully when specifying fire-stopping constructions.

Approved Document B, 2000 Edition, of the Building Regulations 1991 for England and Wales states: ‘If a fire-separating element is to be effective, then every joint, or imperfection of fit, or opening to allow services to pass through the element, should be adequately protected by sealing or fire-stopping so that the fire resistance of the element is not impaired.

The document adds that joints between fire-separating elements should be firestopped, and that all openings for pipes, ducts, conduits or cables to pass through any part of a fire-separating element should be:

• kept as few in number as possible
• kept as small as practical
• fire-stopped (which in the case of a pipe
or duct, should allow for thermal movement)

There is a wide range of products that are designed for use as fire-stopping and penetration seals. These include products based upon mineral wool, high and low pressure intumescent, mortars, pillows filled with fire-resistant materials, elastomers, putties, foams and mastics.

These can be divided by use:

Penetrations in walls and floors

• mineral fibre batts
• coated mineral fibre batts
• foams
• bags/pillows
• plugs/blocks
• pipe closures
• ducting seals
• mortars
• silicone elastomers and gels

Joints between construction elements

• mineral fibre batts
• foams
• bags/pillows
• intumescent
• sealant/mastics
• putties
• curtain walling seals
• preformed elastomeric seals

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

There are Current statutory requirements for employers or persons who have control of premises to make specific Fire Precaution Provisions in respect of workplaces and other premises depending on the use.

The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1971 required adequate Fire Precautions being taken by the ‘responsible person’, and this original Act has now been amended by similar named legislation in 1997, now included in the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 However, new legislation has been recently enacted called the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), which becomes law in late 2006.

To summarise:

  • All existing Fire Legislation will be repealed or revoked, including the Fire Precautions Act 1971, and its amendments.
  • Fire Certificates will be abolished
  • Responsible Persons will be responsible for fire safety, They must conduct a Fire Risk Assessment regardless of the size of risk.
  • The identified person will take full corporate responsibility
  • Extended scope of consideration now to include property safety, fire fighter safety and the environment around the site. The responsible person has a duty to protect all risks
  • Unlike the amended 1997 Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations, the RRFSO PLACES EMPHASIS ON THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY and containing and preventing the spread of small fires.
  • Protection is explicitly extended to all occupants, which would include employees, visitors, contractors and passers-by who would all have to be considered in the Fire Risk Assessment.
  • Person or Persons that have Knowingly or unknowingly failed to provide the minimum legal protection for their staff, visitors or general public can be prosecuted under the new laws, further more if in the event of a fatality caused by fire and the regulations have not been upheld then the responsible person may be prosecuted under the corporate manslaughter law.

What are the implications for business?

When this new legislation comes into force, building Fire Safety will be solely risk assessment led, therefore all businesses regardless of size will have to conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment to identify;

  • Elimination or reduction of risks (ignition sources)
  • Suitable means of detecting & raising the alarm in the event of a fire
  • Adequate emergency escape routes & exits
  • The appropriate type and sufficient quantities of fire extinguishers
  • Correct type and sufficient quantities of fire signs & notices
  • Provisions for the correct maintenance of installed fire equipment
  • Suitable provisions for protection of LAFS
  • Ensure that occupants receive the appropriate instruction/training in e.g. actions to be taken in the event of fire and fire evacuation drills

Your Fire strategy therefore should be take all these responsibilities into consideration, the starting point of which is your ‘Risk Assessment’ which will be a legal requirement for all businesses.

National Fire dry lining services can provide a high quality professional installation for all dry lining systems for which are becoming more and more common in today’s buildings whether it is a simple additional office requirement, a major fit out and refurbishment or a major new construction development.Our operatives are highly experienced and up to date with the latest systems such as Gypliner, metal stud & timber framed walls, permanent and demountable partitions, as well as being highly experienced with the latest manufacturer’s innovative designs.Our team are always ready to offer support from the initial design stage to completion and a range of support covering areas such as shaft walls, jumbo stud partitions, dot & dab applications right through to suspended ceilings including the very popular MF system and many more.Some of our blue chip clients often request office partitions constructed of all glass for that more professional image yet we also excel in all other aspects of installation such as floor, ceiling and cavity applications, and all of our clients have the security and reassurance that through our fire safety division we can incorporate the high quality installation with high quality materials and still ensure that there are compliant with current fire regulations. National Systems Protects your People, Your Buildings & The Environment.

No obligation compliance surveys

Through external funding we are able to offer a free of charge compartmentation/fire door survey off your property.A large part of Risk Assessment failures are due to Fire Compartmentation and inadequate illegal fire doors The requirement of a “Fire risk assessment” has been the law since October 2006 for commercial properties including Landlords and Tenants, without an assessment you are not be legally compliant and your business is unlikely to be insured for fire.

A large number of people have decided to carry out their own assessments or employ a company who offer a basic service, this is totally acceptable however the question you have to ask your self for these scenarios is have I met my legal requirements ” to warrant this reasonability or do you understand the “Fire Regulatory Reform Order”.

For a no obligation free of charge compliance survey please complete our contact form and we will be in touch.

Why is Firestopping Required?

Firestopping is absolutely critical in any building, whether it has occupants or just items such as electric components, machinery, equipment or other items of storage.

A proper Firestopping mechanism or Firestopping system will prevent the spread of fire and smoke, which can often go out of control at times, causing several hundreds to thousands of pounds in losses.

Fire-rated floors and compartment walls can prevent a catastrophe like this in the event of a fire. And when we bring the human element into the picture, Firestopping systems can easily buy occupants enough time to safely evacuate the premises, while also slowing down the spread of fire by up to 3 hours.

At National Fire Ltd, we have a complete range of Firestopping products which provide the right level of sealing around pipes, ducts, cable trays, movement joints, and all other areas where the integrity of compartments may be compromised due to a fire.
In order to have a comprehensive Firestopping solution, all gaps in floors, walls and ceilings need to have the capacity to stop a fire and prevent it from spreading its smoke, flames and toxic gases – and this is where our expertise comes in.

These gaps often vary in size and shape – from cable bundles and single cables to cable trays, pipes and ducts. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every building, which is why when designing our bespoke Firestopping system for each building, we take into account several key factors including:
• Insulation demands
• Fire resistant period or timeframe
• Mechanical strength and load bearing abilities of the building
• Movement, thermal expansion and vibration that might occur in the building due to a fire
• Wall, floor and linear gaps present

We are an industry-leading name when it comes to providing non-rigid fire barrier systems – and remain one of the top choices for fire protection and Firestopping solutions in the UK. Our fire barriers have been installed in premises of all scales and sectors, giving businesses the added peace of mind that their property and the lives of occupants will be safe in the event of an emergency.

Our fire barriers are among the best in the industry, helping you compartmentalise concealed spaces or building voids so as to delay the spread of smoke, fire and toxic flames, should an untimely emergency ever occur.

Our Firestopping systems are rated for the highest integrity and insulation standards – easily exceeding two hours of integrity and providing over an hour of insulation performance.

The passive Firestopping products we build at National Fire Ltd are certified according to local fire protection regulation and fully supported by a skilled team who can provide practical, easy-to-understand and timely support. This ensures that our Firestopping systems installation is not only problem-free, but also meets each and every regulatory and compliance requirement according to the building in question, while also meeting your fire protection needs.

Why Choose Us for Fire Barriers?

Our team have been provided combined Firestopping solutions throughout the UK for over 30 years. Our complete range of Firestopping systems are designed to meet a variety of passive fire protection demands that businesses typically have – from sprayed and structural steel board applications to Firestopping penetrations in floors and walls, allowing for appropriate cavity barriers and fire walls partition.

To date, we have had many satisfied clients from a variety of sectors who have repeatedly sought our expertise and comprehensive Firestopping solutions to meet ongoing demands. We have forged our reputation on the highest service standards, and have provided value-engineered fire protection systems and timely installations to our clients. Above everything else, we value client satisfaction, which is paramount to not only their safety, but our persistent drive toward excellence.

Whether it’s a new building or an existing one, we will see to it that our service penetration seals and building joints provide the right level of Firestopping power in and around pipes – not to mention cables and gaps which are passing through fire rated floors, walls and ceilings – helping you maintain the insulation and integrity of all elements within your building in case of an emergency.

Contact us today so that we can offer you our free expert consultancy on what passive Firestopping is and why it is critical for your building safety as well as that of the occupants in it. Working to the most rigorous of standards, our skilled installers not only undertake Firestopping systems but also put systems in place for proper acoustic separation and air sealing, for both new and existing buildings.

Help maintain the safety of your building and occupants to the highest standards with National Fire Ltd.

Why is Firestopping Required?

Firestopping is absolutely critical in any building, whether it has occupants or just items such as electric components, machinery, equipment or other items of storage.

A proper Firestopping mechanism or Firestopping system will prevent the spread of fire and smoke, which can often go out of control at times, causing several hundreds to thousands of pounds in losses.

Fire-rated floors and compartment walls can prevent a catastrophe like this in the event of a fire. And when we bring the human element into the picture, Firestopping systems can easily buy occupants enough time to safely evacuate the premises, while also slowing down the spread of fire by up to 3 hours.

At National Fire Ltd, we have a complete range of Firestopping products which provide the right level of sealing around pipes, ducts, cable trays, movement joints, and all other areas where the integrity of compartments may be compromised due to a fire.
In order to have a comprehensive Firestopping solution, all gaps in floors, walls and ceilings need to have the capacity to stop a fire and prevent it from spreading its smoke, flames and toxic gases – and this is where our expertise comes in.

These gaps often vary in size and shape – from cable bundles and single cables to cable trays, pipes and ducts. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every building, which is why when designing our bespoke Firestopping system for each building, we take into account several key factors including:
• Insulation demands
• Fire resistant period or timeframe
• Mechanical strength and load bearing abilities of the building
• Movement, thermal expansion and vibration that might occur in the building due to a fire
• Wall, floor and linear gaps present

We are an industry-leading name when it comes to providing non-rigid fire barrier systems – and remain one of the top choices for fire protection and Firestopping solutions in the UK. Our fire barriers have been installed in premises of all scales and sectors, giving businesses the added peace of mind that their property and the lives of occupants will be safe in the event of an emergency.

Our fire barriers are among the best in the industry, helping you compartmentalise concealed spaces or building voids so as to delay the spread of smoke, fire and toxic flames, should an untimely emergency ever occur.

Our Firestopping systems are rated for the highest integrity and insulation standards – easily exceeding two hours of integrity and providing over an hour of insulation performance.

The passive Firestopping products we build at National Fire Ltd are certified according to local fire protection regulation and fully supported by a skilled team who can provide practical, easy-to-understand and timely support. This ensures that our Firestopping systems installation is not only problem-free, but also meets each and every regulatory and compliance requirement according to the building in question, while also meeting your fire protection needs.