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Fire Stopping contractors in Southend, Essex: surveys and installation

Passive Fire Protection saves countless lives. 

Fire Stopping is a legal requirement to stop fire spreading. And protect emergency exit routes.

Blake's are fully qualified to install Fire Stopping. All works are fully compliant with legislation and carried out to BMTRADA standards. 

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    Approved Fire Stopping contractors: keep your premises compliant!

    Fire stopping products in Southend , Essex
    Fire stopping is a critical part of building safety. It involves meticulously sealing gaps, joints, and openings in walls, floors and ceilings with fire-resistant materials. This prevents fire and smoke spreading through your building from room to room.

    It is crucial for maintaining the integrity of a building's fire-resistant barriers. It ensures the safety of your building’s occupants, protects your property and minimises damage in the event of a fire. Proper fire stopping can mean the difference between a contained incident and a catastrophic event!

    Common Fire Stopping misconceptions that risk lives

    Contrary to what some contractors may let you believe, fire stopping is not as simple as filling gaps by 'bunging it up' with a bit of pink foam. This misconception is where your problems start. Your building looks protected on the outside but could be hiding serious safety risks.

    Think of fire like water. It finds the gaps. Fire stopping uses specific materials and techniques to effectively seal these gaps against fire and smoke.

    Compartmentalisation a crucial aspect of Fire Stopping

    Compartmentalisation is a key concept in passive fire safety. It involves dividing a building into sections or 'compartments' using fire-resistant barriers. The floors, ceilings, walls and roofs of any room form these compartments.

    The goal is to contain a fire within one compartment, minimising its spread and impact. This can significantly reduce damage and provide occupants more time for evacuation. Saving lives!

    The critical role of trained Fire Stopping contractors

    Proper implementation of Fire Stopping is not a task to be taken lightly. It requires the expertise of approved Fire Stopping contractors who understand the nuances of fire-resistant materials and their application.

    Electricians, plumbers and other contractors play a crucial role when modifications are needed post-construction. But do they have the training? 

    If you do not use trained Fire Stopping contractors, a poorly sealed gap or improperly installed fire resistant materials can compromise your entire Fire Stopping system! Is it really worth the risk?
    I would just like to thank you and all the team that have been here with me this week, for an absolutely fantastic service and a great job well done. Your colleagues have been helpful, informative and very patient with me as a business owner with little or no understanding of fire regulations and our responsibilities as a business owner.

    Things have been explained well and the training I have received has been excellent. Further to this I would add that the Fire Risk Assessor who has been on site this morning spoke very highly of your company was assured that we were in good hands!
    Kirsty Powell, Director
    Chef’s Choice Ltd
    Need help? Click here to get advice from your fire stopping experts to ensure your premises are compliant with Fire Safety legislation.

    Why professional Fire Stopping contractors are vital?

    An innocuous pencil-sized hole in a wall can be deadly in a fire. Smoke can fill a 20 by 20 by 20-foot room through such a tiny opening in less than 4 minutes!

    That's why fire stopping is critical for maintaining a building's fire-resistant barriers. It prevents the passage of smoke, fire and toxic substances through openings, penetrations and breaches in a building's structure. 

    This containment is crucial in maintaining the safety of your occupants. And ensuring that a small, nuisance fire doesn't become a catastrophe!
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    In the before picture, the pink foam seals the gap but is not compliant and useless in a fire. 

    The fire batt in the after image IS compliant. It is has a fire resistant, ablative coating. In a fire, the coating forms a char, stopping the board above catching fire. And preventing smoke and fire spreading through your building.

    Clearly, you need approved fire stopping contractors to ensure your compartmentalisation remains intact and fire resistant!

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    Martin Blake

    Passive Fire Safety Manager
    As Passive Fire Protection Manager at Blake Fire & Security Systems, we specialise in installing and maintaining Fire Doors, Fire Roller Shutters and Curtains and Fire Stopping.

    My team is trained in installing and maintaining Fire Doors, Fire Roller Shutters and Curtains and Fire Stopping. All work undertaken fully complies with Regulation 4 and 7 of the Building Regulations. We also have the ability to carry out work under 3rd party certification.
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    What are the key components of a Fire Stopping system?

    A firestop system generally includes fire-resistant materials, such as sealants, putties, wraps, collars, or intumescent products. These are installed in openings, gaps or penetrations to prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

    You must use the correct fire stopping system for the hole/penetration that you are filling. Again, why you should always employ accredited Fire Stopping contractors!

    How are fire stopping materials rated?

    Firestop materials are rated based on their ability to maintain the integrity of a fire barrier, typically using the criteria of fire resistance (F), integrity (E), and insulation (I). These ratings are often represented as time intervals (e.g., 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes).

    What legislation applies to Fire Stopping?

    Well it's complicated, legislation is being tightened after the Grenfell tragedy. The Fire Safety Act of 2021 closes some key gaps in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005. The Building Fire Safety Act comes into full effect in October 2024. It passes financial responsibility of non-compliance to landlords and developers, for example.

    And don't forget Approved Document B which requires Fire Stopping measures to be taken where reasonably necessary.

    Importantly, 3rd party accreditations (e.g. BMTRADA) are what manufacturers want to see to guarantee a product! Are you using approved Fire Stopping contractors?

    How do I choose the right Fire Stopping product?

    Selecting the appropriate Fire Stopping product depends on many factors. These include the size and type of penetration, fire barrier rating, building codes and standards and the expected movement of the penetrating items.

    What are the different types of Fire Stopping materials?

    Some common fire stopping materials include:
    • intumescent sealants;
    • silicone sealants;
    • fire stopping putties;
    • fire stopping pillows;
    • fire stopping wraps; and
    • fire stopping collars
    • fire batt
    Each is designed for specific fire stopping applications.
    Need help? Click here to get advice from your fire stopping experts to ensure your premises are compliant with Fire Safety legislation.
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    Who is responsible for Fire Stopping in a building project?

    Ultimately, responsibility lies with the building owner, building management or the Responsible Person. You need to make sure that all penetration and potential fire stopping requirements are met.

    At the end of the day, your fire stopping work needs the sign off from a 3rd party accredited professional (in Essex your best choice is Blakes). Because, almost all manufacturers will guarantee their product if it is installed by accredited fire stopping contractors. And to their installation instructions, of course!
    "Fire stopping isn't a choice; it's a legal obligation. Because 75% of fire-related deaths are due to smoke inhalation! 

    Trust in fire stopping. It saves lives!"
    Martin Blake
    Fire Doors, Passive Fire Protection & Fire Stopping Manager

    What are some common Fire Stopping mistakes?

    Common fire stopping mistakes include; using inappropriate materials, incorrect installation, inadequate inspection and missing off the regular inspection of fire stopping from your additional works/maintenances throughout the lifespan of your building.

    How often should Fire Stopping systems be inspected?

    A fire stopping survey should be conducted by a 3rd party company and thorough records kept. Additional checks should be noted and added to the records whenever any works take place.

    Also, we recommend a yearly inspection for all areas using fire stopping products.

    My building is new surely our Fire Stopping is safe...

    Often, after the initial construction, modifications to run services like cables or pipes through walls are necessary. If not handled by knowledgeable approved fire stopping contractors who understand the consequences. Otherwise these modifications are likely to compromise your fire stopping measures. 

    If this happens, your compartment is compromised. It is like an accident waiting to happen... and when a fire does break out in that room. Then either the fire finds its way through the gap or the non-resistant filler melts away, allowing fire, smoke, and toxic fumes to invade other areas of the building.

    That's how a small incident becomes a catastrophe...
    Fire stopping materials in situ

    Blake's, the Fire Stopping contractor you can trust to keep you compliant!

    For you to prove compliance as a Responsible Person, we supply an extensive paper trail.

    All work is recorded on our Record of Maintenance Activities (RMA) form. Every repair follows Accepted Repair Techniques (ART) and complies with the latest legislation.

    We also offer maintenance labelling and asset referencing.
    • All work fully complies with: 
    • the requirements of the Q-Mark Fire Stopping Installation scheme
    • the Regulations 4 and 7 of the Building Regulations for England and Wales
    • in accordance with the local regulations in force at the site location
    Relax. You're in safe, competent hands. In Essex, Blake's are your Fire Stopping contractors of choice. Your installer will be appropriately trained to fit everything correctly, everything is recorded and kept on our files as well as yours. With Blake's on your side, you are SAFE, COMPLIANT and LEGAL!

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    Complying with fire door regulations is a daunting task for your Responsible Person.

    But failing to comply can be expensive... Wasting your budget on the wrong suppliers and equipment will mean your fire doors fail the next FRA too!

    Your 6 step guide takes the guesswork out of compliance. Making it easy to keep everyone in your building safe from uncontrolled fire...
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    Dedication to Accreditation

    Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your Fire and/or Security system, including Fire Doors.
    Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing fire and security protection across four decades. We're not going anywhere. Your guarantee will be honoured!
    Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
    Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
    Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
    Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have BAFE, NSI Gold, SSAIB and BM Trada approval! This means you get:
    Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
    Highest quality systems and equipment - we only use the best quality, industry-approved equipment to provide protection that lasts and looks good.
    Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
    Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your Fire and/or Security protection is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

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