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What You Need to Know Before Fireproofing Your Construction Project

When starting a construction project, it is essential to ensure that the building materials are fireproof. Not only does this comply with fire safety requirements, but it also protects your project and the individuals involved from fire hazards. Today, we will discuss what you need to know about fireproofing and the relevant codes and standards that your team must follow.

What Is Fireproofing?

Fireproofing is the process of making construction materials, such as steel, concrete, and wood, resistant to fire and heat. The purpose of fireproofing is to slow down the spread of fire, reduce damage to the structure, and give individuals time to evacuate in case of a fire.

Fireproofing Codes & Standards

Fireproofing codes and standards are set in place to ensure that building materials meet the necessary safety regulations. It is essential to hire a team of professionals who are well-versed in these codes and can ensure your project successfully passes inspections. The most used codes in the United States are NFPA 251 and ASTM E119.

Types of Fireproofing Materials

There are several types of fireproofing materials used in construction. These materials are typically categorized into two types:

  • Passive Fireproofing – Refers to materials used to prevent the fire from spreading and compromising the building’s integrity. Materials such as concrete, gypsum, and plasterboard are examples of passive fireproofing materials.
  • Active Fireproofing – Refers to materials used to actively protect the building from a fire. These include sprinklers, alarms, and suppression systems.

Hiring Professionals

Fireproofing a construction project is a delicate process that needs to be handled by a team of professionals with a deep understanding of safety codes and fireproofing materials. It is best to hire a reputable company—such as RicMor Construction Inc.—that has fireproofing expertise and prioritizes safety.

RicMor Construction, Inc. is proud to serve clients throughout Massachusetts.

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