Healthcare facilities are continuously being upgraded and modified with new equipment, cables, water lines and more. Ensuring that penetrations are properly firestopped can become a “constant” job.
The ideal way to ensure that your fire and smoke barriers are compliant is to set up a firestop maintenance plan, especially in facilities where there is the potential for many unaddressed or unknown penetrations. Firestop Maintenance Plans allow you to focus on certain zones or floors of your facility, on a quarterly or monthly basis.
It is important for facility managers to identify problem areas in their facility—hot spots that always seem to have penetration problems such as server rooms, etc. Firestop maintenance plans help facility managers to keep an eye on these problem areas, to ensure firestop is properly applied and not forgotten.
A maintenance plan ensures that the fire-resistance ratings of your fire barriers are upheld, allowing for safe egress of building occupants and minimal damages in the event of a fire. In addition, maintenance plans save you time and money by breaking up the work over a period of time.
In Summary, how can a facility manager combat firestop issues in healthcare facilities?
Share the importance and purpose of firestopping with all departments
Utilize Above Ceiling Work Permit System
Identify problem areas or hot spots & check on them regularly
Implement a Firestop Maintenance Program
Hire a specialty firestop contractor to ensure proper installation
PREVENT Life Safety has over 15 years of firestopping experience. Our team is trained and certified in using multiple manufacturers, ensuring your barriers are properly sealed using the appropriate UL systems. PREVENT’s technicians are experienced working in sensitive healthcare environments and utilize strict infection control procedures. Call 1-877-392-6074 today to discuss your firestop needs or request a quote online.