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Fire Stopping

Preventing the spread of fire and smoke in commercial premises

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Fire Stopping

Fire stopping, or compartmentation, is a form of passive fire protection that helps prevent the spread of a fire or smoke by using fire-resistant materials to block openings and joints between a building’s walls and floors. That can help save lives and property by giving much more time for occupants of the building to escape or for firefighters to control the fire.

Although new buildings should have suitable fire stopping measures built in, renovations and refurbishments can mean that over time the integrity of the compartmentation system is lost. Where this occurs, your local fire stopping contractors Scutum North can both detect the need for new or enhanced fire stopping measures and plug any gaps to ensure your commercial premises meet all the necessary guidelines and legislation.

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Fire Stopping Regulations

Fire stopping regulations that dictate requirements for preventing the spread of fire and smoke in commercial buildings can be found in all the following pieces of legislation:

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • The Building Regulations 2019, Fire Safety, Approved Document B – Requirement B3, Internal Fire Spread (structure)
  • Approved Document B 2019 Volume 1 ‘Dwellings’, Section 9
  • BS 7671:2018 Regulation 527.2

As leading passive fire protection contractors working across Northern England, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, Scutum North can help with fire risk assessments to both identify a problem and upgrade your fire stopping measures.

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Scutum North provides professional fire risk assessments to help protect your business premises and ensure that you are in full compliance with all current fire safety regulations.

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Fire Stopping FAQs

What are the common methods of fire stopping?

Fire stopping involves sealing openings to prevent the flames, smoke and heat of a fire from spreading out of a specified area. This can include clearly visible solutions such as fire doors, but also using special sealants around pipes and ensuring there are no gaps at joints and between walls and floors. The process of creating these contained areas is known as ‘compartmentalisation’.

Can fire stopping systems be retrofitted in existing buildings?

Modern buildings need to be constructed with fire stopping systems in place in order to meet Building Regulations, but older structures are likely to be in need of updating to make them meet today’s safety standards. In most cases, retrofitting fire stopping systems should be relatively straightforward, although some buildings might need a little more work and planning than others.

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