Fire stopping: be in the know

What is fire stopping?

Fire stopping is the installation of passive fire protection barriers.
The barriers are designed to slow the spread of smoke, gasses and flames to give occupants of a building a safe amount of time to evacuate and to allow sufficient time for the arrival of the fire service.

When is fire stopping required?

Fire stopping is required in all buildings; existing premises, new-builds and refurbishment projects. The fire safety requirements of building regulations apply to all construction works – commercial, industrial and domestic.

Every service installed into a building – water pipes, electrical sockets, cable trunking and lighting units – compromises the fire resistance of each room by causing openings in the walls, floor and ceiling.

How long does it take for a fire to spread with fire stopping barriers installed?

If a fire breaks out, fire stopping barriers can prevent the spread of fire for 30 minutes up to four hours – protecting escape routes and preventing the building from collapsing.

Fire doors, for example, must be installed with fire and smoke seals. Not only will this slow the spread of fire; smoke will also remain in the enclosed area.

Who can install fire stopping systems?

If you are unsure of the fire safety requirements legally required in a building, contact a fire stopping specialist. Any works must be carried out in accordance with The Building Regulations 2010.

Only specialist, qualified contractors can certificate passive fire protection barriers.

How can I check if a contractor is a certified installer?

You can visit the FIRAS website which details companies who are certified installers of fire protection. All installers are regularly inspected to ensure that they are compliant.

H Timmins Group is Firas accredited to survey, maintain and install timber fire door systems and certificate on completion.

A trusted contractor, Timmins Group is BM TRADA accredited and is a member of the ASFP (Association of Specialist Fire Protection).
Contact us to find out more about Fire Stopping.