What is Firestopping, and How is it Used?
What is Firestopping?
Firestopping is a fire protection system made of various components, and it is utilized in the sealing of joints and openings in fire-resistant rated walls or floor assemblies. The practice of sealing these joints, can be used anywhere that a roof meets a wall structure. Firestopping contains a fire within an area to stop it from traveling from one portion of the building to another. It’s not stopping the fire system, but rather compartmentalizing areas where plumbing goes through walls, and other lines that are penetrations for smoke. Those are locations that fire stopping is required at.
Where is Firestopping Used?
Though a growing part of the construction industry, firestopping is relatively new to the field, and was born and generated from devastating and fatal fires. The construction industry learned that they need to do things differently, and technology and products have been developed to contain these fires. The practice is becoming more and more popular in metropolitan areas, and areas where fire could travel multiple stories, in buildings or hotels. Firestopping is not just practiced in the United states, but in international construction as well. You can travel all over the world and see information about Firestopping in Dubai or Canada, and any multi-Story structures where people are housed.
Who Performs Firestopping Services?
Especially down state, there are not a lot of companies qualitied in UL guidelines. Mid-Illinois Companies is a qualified UL Firestop Contractor, and we just went through another audit that looked at work done in the past year. As professional contractors, we anticipate undergoing annual qualifications in the next fiscal year.
Why Choose Mid-Illinois Companies for Your Firestopping?
- Mid-Illinois Companies has undergone training and continuously pursues education to apply different systems to different penetrations, and to different joints.
- In Central Illinois, a lot of companies are installing firestop structures, and they have people that don’t really know about the firestop system that they are installing. Loss of life can be greater because of that. Mid-Illinois Companies understands the systems, and takes the time to do the installation correctly.
For more information, or if you would like firestopping installed on your building, please contact Mid-Illinois Companies at (309) 674-0717.