The Certifications And Regulations One Must Know While Installing Passive Fire Protection
Many people have the misconception that Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is something which they can put in if they want to in the buildings they make. But that’s wrong because passive fire protection methods are part of major building regulations. Actually, this is what makes PFP so complicated. There is a whole bevy of codes and regulations that involves each component of this fire protection system. As such it becomes important to understand that any product like a window isn’t fire-rated just by itself. It is rated as such only when it gets installed according to the instructions and then gets tested or used in a fire assembly. There’s more which you should know regarding the installations of PFP like:
Things you should know about when installing PFP?
- Accredited organizations: The products which are being used in the passive fire protection system must be tested and verified according to the standards put in place by accredited organizations like PA-based ASTM Intl. and Northbrook, West Conshohocken, and IL-based Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
- Ratings: Systems get rated using the temperature (the “T” rating), half hour or hour (the “F” rating), and by the smoke penetration (the “L” rating) system. If any system gets a “W” rating, then it just indicates that it has the ability to resist water leakage that takes place before the fire temporarily.
- Maintaining the PFP: It’s not enough to just know the codes and certifications associated with each of the PFO systems places in the building. You must also be aware of the fact that constant maintenance must take place so that these systems remain in top shape. Know that if your building has been plumbed or rewired then penetrations could have been made in the fire barriers. As such maintenance and upgradation become important in such cases. If these systems remain in top shape then it would allow better survival rates for both people and property in case of a fire.
- For landlords and tenants: Ensure that the fire rating label isn’t painted over, make sure that the door swings without any resistance and then ensure that it latches on properly as well. Also, you should know where are the rated floors and walls in the building, ensure that the tops of walls and penetrations are sealed well. If they are indeed sealed then know the design which was put in place. Overall, you should know what really is going on in your building. Also, keep our eyes open for changes in the fire protection system that could weaken up its efficiency.
- Costs: Cost is something which plays a major role in the installation of such fire protection systems. So it’s better to prepare ahead and know how much will all of it cost. Call professionals and know about it. Also, keep in mind that different buildings belonging from different building periods will have different fire codes put in place. So the cost quoted to get the PFP systems installed will be different for each one.
As such; knowing about the various codes, certifications and verifications will help you and your property in remaining safe and secure.