The LFS team are fully qualified to install any fire barrier in accordance with test certification and manufacturers’ instructions across the UK. Fire stopping is complex but LFS has extensive experience and know-how to make sure 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 across the UK.
Fire stopping is a legal requirement included within the Passive Fire Protection laws in place in the UK. It refers to installing fire stopping equipment throughout a building to create a safe exit route for the building’s occupants and a corridor for emergency services to enter the building safely to tackle the blaze. Our range of fire stopping equipment ensures that you can create this vital path and help keep your building as safe as possible. Even if the worst should happen, our equipment will help to contain the blaze and slow down its progression.
FIRE STOPPING SERVICES COVERING NATIONWIDE
We are based in London and provide our fire-stopping services across the UK. We work with housing and social care providers, local authorities, public bodies, maintenance contractors and private commercial clients from across these regions.
LONDON FIRE STOPPING SERVICES
LFS offer a full range of fire stopping solutions for London-based properties to ensure that walls, roofs, floors, service risers and voids retain their fire resistance.
We work closely with manufacturers to ensure usage matches testing – from straightforward to more complex penetrations. Correct installation is vital. Fire stopping is a complex process and materials will only perform effectively if they are installed in accordance with test certification and manufacturer’s instructions. This is often overlooked resulting in fires that should have been prevented or at least contained.
WHY CHOOSE LFS FOR FIRE STOPPING?
As a certified passive fire protection company, our LFS team are on hand to help with ensuring your building is as safe as possible with the correct fire stopping measures securely in place.
All of our products are tested in accordance with BS476 parts 4, 20 and 22 and/or EN 1366-3.
LFS are certified FIREFLY Installers – a product that has been developed as an alternative fire barrier to asbestos.
LFS are fully qualified to meet any fire barrier requirement. There are various types of fire barriers providing 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.
WHY CHOOSE LFS FOR FIRE BARRIERS?
All of our fire barrier products are tested in accordance with BS476 parts 4, 20 and 22 and/or EN 1366-3.
Correct installation in accordance with test certification and manufacturer’s instructions by experienced fire engineers.
Fire curtains prevent the spread of fire and smoke through voids and also provide compartmentation between different areas within a building.
LFS can supply, install and maintain both lightweight flexible fire curtains and insulating fire barrier curtains to provide up to 120 minutes fire protection in both occupied and void properties. This includes lofts, ceiling voids and risers.
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.
WHY CHOOSE LFS FOR FIRE CURTAIN INSTALLATIONS?
All fire curtains installed by LFS are fully tested, certified and comply with the relevant BS or EN standards.
We supply and apply a range of intumescent sealants for a range of fire stopping applications. They are used for sealing joints and voids in partitions and fire walls. 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 in place around pipes with intumescent pipe collars and wraps. Intumescent pipe collars such as PipeBloc® PWP Pipe Wrap expands to fill voids around pipes when heated by fire. This prevents the spread of the fire, helping keep exit routes accessible for longer. PipeBloc® pipe collars are CE Marked and fire tested for flexible walls and rigid floors and walls.
LFS’s fire stopping services also include the application of coatings for reinstating the fire resistance of wall and floor applications. We use several high-performance coatings, including BREEAM International approved solutions.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF FIRE STOPPING
The Building Regulations Act, 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 1: Dwellings, 2020 amendments state that a building, whilst inhibiting the spread of fire via internal linings, should also ensure;
The premature collapse of the building is avoided
Sufficient fire separation is provided within buildings and between adjoining buildings
Automatic fire suppression is provided where necessary
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 stipulate the ways in which fire stopping measures need to be installed. Our team of experts can guide you through this process to ensure the highest level of cover is achieved.
CHANGES TO FIRE SAFETY LAW
Fire stopping regulations have undergone several changes, particularly in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. In addition to the regulations listed above, you must pay attention to and follow the requirements laid out 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 On” guide.
RESIDENTIAL FIRE STOPPING REQUIREMENTS
The Building Regulations Act 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 1: Dwellings, 2020: covers all of the relevant legal obligations to comply with this piece of legislation in residential dwellings.
Each residential building in and around the UK should be regularly assessed to ensure safety. Residential fire stopping measures should be advised and installed by a certified installation team. If you would like to discuss this with our experts, simply contact us.
COMMERCIAL FIRE STOPPING REQUIREMENTS
The Building Regulations Act 2010, Fire Safety, Volume 2: Buildings other than Dwellings, 2019; covers all of the relevant legal requirements for buildings other than dwellings including;
Institutional residential i.e. hospitals, care homes or schools
Shops and commercial premises
Assembly and recreation premises i.e. bingo halls, dance schools, or law courts
Storage and other non-residential premises i.e. car parks
Our team of experts can conduct a fire risk assessment and 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 service includes surveying, and fire door manufacturing, installation, repairs, certification and maintenance and other fire protection solutions.
For general enquiries, sales, or to request a survey, contact us today.
FIRE STOPPING FAQs
Q: Are LFS Accredited?
LFS have fourteen accreditations from industry-recognised accreditations. You can see our full list of fire safety industry accreditations on our accreditations page.
Q: What Are Fire Barriers?
Fire barriers are fire-resistant materials used to 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.
Q: Where Are Fire Barriers Required?
Fire barriers are installed at the edges of internal cavities, such as door openings and windows. They should also be installed at entry and exit points and at the junction between an external cavity wall and each compartment floor and compartment wall.
Q: What Is A Fire Curtain?
Fire curtains are installed in voids to provide compartmentation and prevent the spread of smoke and fire. LFS’ fire curtains provide up to 120 minutes of fire protection and are fully tested, certified and comply with the relevant BS or EN standards
Q: What Is The Purpose Of Fire Stopping In A Building?
Fire stopping is used to create compartmentation. It is designed to reduce the spread of fire, 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?
Yes, our fire stopping services are part of our comprehensive fire safety offering. We provide a complete “one-stop” fire safety solution, from fire risk assessments and fire surveys to fire rated doors and fire alarm installation, maintenance and servicing.
Q: Does LFS Have Any Accreditations?
LFS are proud to hold fourteen industry accreditations, including CERTASS Registered Installer, CHAS Accredited Contractor, and Safe Contractor Approved.
Q: What Fire Stopping Projects Have LFS Worked On?
We have a large collection of case studies to illustrate the types of projects we work on. Our projects include work in social and private housing, commercial property, education, and healthcare. Examples of fire stopping projects include: