Our Guide to Fire Stopping
What is fire stopping?
Fire stopping is the sealing of any openings to prevent fire (including smoke and heat) from passing through multiple building compartments. The spread of a fire is contained by creating fire resisting compartments, which subdivide the building (vertically or horizontally). Buildings must ensure that any openings and gaps are fire stopped to restrict both lateral and vertical fire spread.
A firestop is a fire protection system made of various components used to seal openings and joints in fire-resistance rated wall or floor assemblies. For penetrating cables, these can also be called as Multi Cable Transits (MCTs).
Firestops are designed to restore the continuous fire-resistance of wall or floor assemblies, impeding the spread of fire by filling the openings in them with fire-resistant materials.
Fire stopping Products
Fire sleeves are designed to fill or seal an aperture created by pipes or cables passing through a fire-rated wall or ceiling. In a fire situation the sleeve expands to fill the available space between the service and the substrate. In the case of plastic pipes the sleeve will crush and seal off the pipe preventing the passage of fire and smoke to the adjacent compartment.
Fire collars are designed to maintain fire resistance levels. They do this by surrounding pipes and other penetrations with intumescent compounds that expand throughout the fire. This prevents flames and hot gases passing into other compartments.
Fire covers are designed for stopping fires of luminaires in fire rated suspended ceilings. In a fire situation, the cover expands internally to fill all the available space with a fire resistant, highly insulating char.
Fire Sealants and Gap Fillers
Fire sealants and gap fillers expand when heated at high temperatures, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. There are different kinds of sealants for different substrates and applications.
Why Choose MTF for Bespoke Fire Protection?
MTF Diamond Drilling and Controlled Demolition Ltd have embraced advanced fire protection technologies. We pioneer the potential of fire protection technologies alongside controlled demolition methods to quickly and safely solve many construction industry challenges enabling our customers to take advantage of these skilful techniques. As a result MTF are widely regarded as a leading contractor within the industry.
How can MTF help with fire stopping?
Passive Fire Protection System
MTF’s Fire Protection System consists of a range of solutions for passive fire protection of mechanical and electrical service installations. Our range includes Pacifyre® fire sleeves and fire collars, fire protection mortars and sealants. As well as excellent fire seals, our products also provide hot and cold smoke seals and noise insulation.
Compliance and Testing
Our products are tested and approved by various independent authorities throughout Europe according to EN 1366-3 and BS 476-20 amongst others. Many of our products also have ETA certification. However, we are not just satisfied with achieving standard testing requirements. We are proud to carry out additional and bespoke testing on our firestops, to provide proof of our product suitability in multiple situations that go beyond standardised testing requirements.
We are proud to provide fire protection systems that are quick and easy to install, saving you valuable installation time and the hassle of fitting complicated products. We can also provide on site training and support when needed. Our fire systems brochure shows the simple installation provided by MTF’s Pacifyre® firestops.
The MTF fire stopping products can be used to retrofit in buildings where inadequate fireproofing solutions have been installed. This is an added benefit of our products being incredibly easy to install. Our fire systems brochure shows the simple installation provided by MTF’s Pacifyre® firestops; even when retro fitting.
We are always willing to provide you with valuable advice to ensure that building regulations are met. Guidance can be found online in our ‘how to’ guides, or you can always speak to a member of our technical team.
We recognise that sourcing and specifying fire stop solutions can be complex. Our team of Technical Support Advisers provide a FREE project support service to our customers including consultation and problem solving to find the most effective solutions for your construction challenges.