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Constructing Fire Resistant Walls

If you have a typical gypsum on wood frame wall, it won’t resist damage from fires very long. However, if you use the right techniques and materials to construct your wall you can extend the length of time that your wall can resist fire and achieve an hourly fire resistance rating. If the wall stays intact, then you can prevent the fire from spreading while waiting for the firefighters to arrive and put it out.Using a UL listed fire resistant...

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Why Fire Protection Is a Matter of Concern for Substation Transformers?

When it comes to substation fires, transformers filled with oil pose the greatest risk of fire. This is why utility providers need to have some type of transformer fire protection installed. For companies to provide their customers with uninterrupted power, they must have the right transformer fire wall in place. Recently in California, the local electric company shut off the power that affected nearly one million people for 24 hours as a way of preventing wildfires. During that short window,...

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DuraSteel for the Power Sectors

For both residential and commercial power sectors, it is essential to implement passive fire protection. Using fire and blast protection assemblies, key industries, including the medical, military defense, finance, and transportation sectors, and even all levels of government have enhanced protection in the event of a fire. Even a split-second total power outage is enough to create disastrous results for these industries and the millions of people who rely on the services they provide. Just imagine a large bank, a...

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Multiple Applications for a Fire Resistant Board

As with all fire protection systems, a fire resistant board works for specific applications. However, this type of passive fire protection has a broad reach, meaning it not only works for multiple industries but also has many different uses. As you will see with the information provided, this type of protection is an incredible option for keeping people and assets safe. Something important to note is that while many businesses have a fire resistant board installed, which helps prevent the...

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Important Building Code Terms for Firewall Requirements

With so many code terms for firewall requirements, trying to determine which ones are important is a monumental task. However, understanding the terminology helps tremendously when choosing a fire partition for your business. Following are some of the more important code terms to learn. Fire Barrier Wall (NFPA 221, 3.3.14.5) – “A wall, other than a fire wall, having a fire resistance rating.” Fire Wall (NFPA 221, 3.3.14.6) – “A wall separating buildings or subdividing a building to prevent the...

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