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 FIRE STOPPING 

Fire stopping is a legal requirement per the UK's Passive Fire Protection laws.

It refers to installing fire-stopping services throughout a building to create a safe exit route for its occupants and a corridor for emergency services to enter the building to tackle the blaze safely. 


According to test certification and manufacturers' instructions across the UK, the LFS team is fully certified to install any fire barrier. Although complex, LFS has extensive experience ensuring your walls, roofs, floors, service risers, and voids are fire-resistant.

Our fire-stopping services are dedicated to fire prevention in residential and commercial properties.

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LONDON FIRE STOPPING​ SOLUTIONS

LFS offers a full range of passive fire-stopping solutions across London and the UK. We work with housing and social care providers, local authorities, public bodies, maintenance contractors, and private commercial clients across these regions.

We work closely with manufacturers to ensure usage matches testing – from straightforward to more complex penetrations. Correct fire stopping installation is vital but often overlooked, resulting in fires that should have been prevented or contained.

CASE STUDY: 

 

ST. GEORGE'S WHARF

FIRE BARRIERS

 

Fire barriers are fire-resistant materials that conceal internal gaps in walls and ceilings. They complete a seal between different areas of a property, preventing smoke and flames from penetrating the area.

 

LFS are fully qualified to meet any fire barrier requirement. Various types of fire barriers provide several levels of fire integrity and insulation depending on the project specifications.

 

Fire barriers are installed within ceiling voids, roof voids, or under flooring to provide fire compartmentation of structures, which prevents the movement of smoke or flames.

CASE STUDY: 

 

WEST MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL

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FIRE CURTAINS

​Fire curtains are a passive fire-stopping method that prevents the spread of fire and smoke through voids and provides compartmentation between different areas within a building. 

 

LFS is certified to supply, install, and maintain lightweight, flexible, and insulating fire barrier curtains to provide up to 120 minutes of fire protection in both occupied and void properties.

Our roof void surveys will identify what is needed to ensure buildings meet regulations and also that fire compartment walls are continued above the ceiling and into the roof void.

CASE STUDY: 

 

BLUE FINN BUILDING

 

WHY CHOOSE LONDON FIRE SOLUTIONS?

  • ​​​​As a certified passive fire protection company, our LFS team is on hand to ensure your building is as safe as possible with the correct passive fire-stopping solutions securely in place.

  • Our fire barrier products and curtains are tested according to BS476 parts 4, 20, and 22 and/or EN 1366-3.

  • Our team are certified FIREFLY Installers  – a product that has been developed as an alternative fire barrier to asbestos.
     

LFS has 14 accreditations from industry-recognised accreditations.

FIRE STOPPING APPLICATIONS

 

INTUMESCENT SEALANTS

 

We supply and apply a range of intumescent sealants for fire-stopping applications. They are used for sealing joints and voids in partitions and firewalls. Intumescent sealants react to heat, increasing in volume to create a fire and smoke seal that provides 4 hours of fire resistance. All of our sealants are tested to the highest standards.

INTUMESCENT PIPE COLLARS

We also put fire-stopping measures around pipes with intumescent pipe collars and wraps. Intumescent pipe collars such as PipeBloc® PWP Pipe Wrap expand to fill voids around pipes when heated by fire. This prevents the spread of the fire, helping keep exit routes accessible for longer.

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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF FIRE STOPPING

The Building Regulations Act, 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 1: Dwellings,  2019 edition incorporating 2020 and 2022 amendments amendments state that a building, while inhibiting the spread of fire via internal linings, should also ensure:

  1. The premature collapse of the building is avoided

  2. Sufficient fire separation is provided within buildings and between adjoining buildings

  3. Automatic fire suppression is provided where necessary

  4. The unseen spread of fire and smoke in cavities is restricted 

As well as the above stipulations, this document, and the other amendments and volumes demonstrate how passive fire-stopping measures must be installed. Our team of experts can guide you through this process to ensure the highest level of coverage is achieved.

CHANGES TO FIRE SAFETY LAW

Fire-stopping regulations have undergone several changes, particularly after the Grenfell Tower disaster. In addition to the abovementioned regulations, you must follow the requirements in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (including the amendments made through the Fire Safety Act 2021). You can learn more about this and other related fire safety regulations, such as the Building Safety Act, in our Grenfell: 5 Years Onguide.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE STOPPING​ REQUIREMENTS

The Building Regulations Act 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 1: Dwellings, 2019 edition incorporating 2020 and 2022 amendments covers all relevant legal obligations to comply with this legislation in residential dwellings.

Each residential building in and around the UK should be regularly assessed to ensure safety, and a certified installation team should advise and install residential fire-stopping measures. If you want to discuss this with our experts, please contact us.

COMMERCIAL FIRE STOPPING REQUIREMENTS

The Building Regulations Act 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 2: Buildings other than Dwellings, 2019 edition incorporating 2020 and 2022 amendments covers all of the relevant legal requirements for buildings other than dwellings, including:

 

  • Institutional residential, i.e. hospitals, care homes or schools

  • Offices

  • Shops and commercial premises

  • Assembly and recreation premises, i.e. bingo halls, dance schools, or law courts

  • Industrial premises

  • Storage and other non-residential premises,  i.e. car parks

FIRE STOPPING WITH LFS

Our team of experts can provide a fire survey detailing the various measures and fire-stopping equipment needed for your premises. Simply contact us to find out more.

 

We are a UK market leader in passive fire protection. Our ‘one-stop’ fire-stopping solutions include surveying, fire door manufacturing, installation, repairs, certification and maintenance, and other fire protection solutions.

Contact us today for general inquiries, sales or to request a survey.

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FIRE STOPPING FAQs

 

​Q: Where Are Fire Barriers Required?

Fire barriers, such as door openings and windows, are installed at the edges of internal cavities. They should also be installed at entry and exit points and the junction between an external cavity wall and each compartment floor and compartment wall.

Q: What is Passive Fire Stopping?

Fire stopping is used to create compartmentation. It is designed to reduce the spread of fire for a minimum of 30 minutes, keeping it in one area and providing a safe exit route for tenants and an access route for emergency services.

Q: Do You Offer Other Fire Safety Services?

Our fire-stopping services are part of our comprehensive fire safety offering. We provide a complete “one-stop shop” for fire safety solutions:

Q: What Accreditations Does LFS Hold?

LFS holds fire-stopping certifications, including CHAS Accredited Contractor, and Safe Contractor Approved.

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