Leading trade bodies representing fire protection, the fit-out and interiors sector and plasterboard manufacturers have come together to warn of the dangers of passing cables and pipes through firewalls – the fire-resistant barriers commonly used to compartmentalise buildings.
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), the Finishes and Interior Sector (FIS) and the Gypsum Products Development Association (GPDA) have joined forces behind a labelling initiative to provide instant guidance on what to do when considering whether and how to pass cables and pipes through compartment walls.
One of the biggest issues facing M&E contractors who are employed to pass services through a building, is that they may not be aware that the partitions they need to pass through are fire rated, and any holes cut into them will negate the performance of the partition. This may allow smoke fumes and fire to pass through from one compartment to another, which could lead to loss of life, extensive damage to the building and have huge impacts on any business.
Often, the route for these services is at high level through the void above ceilings, so the new labels will be placed on the firewall in the ceiling void by the contractors so that any facility manager, M&E or cabling contractor will be instantly aware of the performance of the compartment wall and importantly, where to find guidance in future.
ASFP, FIS and GPDA believe this simple initiative is good practice, in addition to presenting an opportunity to save lives and property.
The label can be downloaded by scanning the QR Code in the PDF file (below).FIS-fire-tape-2022-no-crops