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  • Pipe Collar or Pipe Wrap – which do I use?

    Intumescent pipe collars and intumescent pipe wraps essentially do the same job – they protect service penetrations, typically plastic pipes, at the point where they go through a fire compartment wall or floor.  They both will achieve up to 4 hours’ fire rating.

    So what’s the difference?

    A pipe collar can be fitted in nearly all applications, and is extremely universal.  The metal ‘band’ round the outside of the collar means when the intumescent material starts to expand with the heat of the fire, it is unable to expand outwards.  It exerts tremendous pressure on the plastic pipe and literally crushes it inwards, and completely seals the hole.  The fire is unable to pass through the impenetrable barrier of the activated intumescent material.

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    A pipe wrap achieves the same end result, but it has no band around it.  Thus it needs to be inserted within a solid construction masonry wall so that the intumescent can only expand inwards and seal the hole.  If you just fit the wrap around the pipe and leave it ‘in the open’ the intumescent will simply expand into thin air and achieve nothing.

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    Plasterboard partitions are a typical example of where you must use a pipe collar – a wrap will not work at all.  Pipe collars must also be used in plaster/timber ceilings and floors.

    So why not just use pipe collars for all applications?  Well, you can indeed, but pipe wraps have some trump cards to play!  For a start, they are considerably cheaper to buy.  They are also pretty much invisible when installed carefully.  A pipe collar, by comparison, is extremely visible (although some argue this is a good thing).  And don’t forget that if a pipe is fitted nice and tight to a wall, you often can’t physically get a pipe collar round the pipe, so a wrap can be used instead.

    It’s also worth bearing in mind that if the fire protection is being retro fitted, that is that the plastic pipes are already in place, it’s often easier to install pipe collars as it’s extremely difficult to open up the hole in the masonry big enough to slide a wrap in.

    There’s no hard and fast rules, and the multitude of possible applications makes it quite complicated.  If you’re stuck why not give our technical helpline a call on 029 2086 8333.

  • The Dangers of Cutting Corners with your Fire Doors

    OK - you've heard us say it before.  You've heard many people say it before.  And we're going to keep saying it - Fire Doors play a vital part in life safety and fire containment within a building.

    There are many examples of how effective Fire Doors are should a fire occur, including the recent fire at Gower College in Swansea.  South Wales Fire & Rescue Service credit the effective Fire Doors for minimising the spread of the fire.  Deputy chief fire officer Mick Crennell said, "I would urge everyone to keep their fire doors closed, they really are there for a reason and they really do work."

    But many times the little details are overlooked.  Corners are cut, and expensive Fire Doors are rendered useless due to incorrect installation or non-fire-rated ancillaries fitted.  The weak spots on a Fire Door are the edges, and any hole or aperture cut into the door, for example vision panels, locks and latches, letterplates and ventilation grilles.  If these aren't properly fire rated, tested and certified there can be lethal consequences in a fire.

    BWF Certifire put together this amazing and enlightening video (if a little scary) to show just how dangerous a compromised Fire Door can be.  Sit back, enjoy, and remember - NEVER CUT CORNERS WHEN WORKING WITH FIRE DOORS!

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    We have a wide range of ancillaries for Fire Doors available on our website - all properly fire tested and certified by 3rd party accreditation bodies.  Our range includes:

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  • Evacuation Plans – Have You Considered Everyone?

    No matter what type of business you run, or where you are based, you need to ensure that you have a full evacuation plan in place should a fire or other issues arise which require everyone to leave the building. Continue reading

  • Fire Door Hinges explained

    We often get asked, "Why do I need special hinges for my fire door?"  "Why are Fire Door Hinges so big and expensive?"

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    Let's explain a few of the main points...
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  • FAQs on Staff Fire Training and Your Responsibilities

    There are some rules and regulations that must be adhered to in regards to training your staff on fire safety. In this recent post, we take you through the most common questions that we get asked when it comes to training and responsibility.

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  • How To Test A Fire Alarm - Checking & Maintenance Tips

    Fire detection equipment is an essential part of any safety plan. Our guide looks at how to test a fire alarm, legal obligations & more. Read here in full.
  • FAQs On Firefighting Equipment In Your Commercial Property

    Fire safety is important on any property, however if you own a commercial property then you have a responsibility to keep your employees, customers and clients safe. Continue reading

  • FAQs on Clear and Accessible Escape Routes

    A few months ago we released an infographic created to highlight the responsibilities of business owners in regards to fire safety and protecting their workforce. We thought we would take the chance to answer some of the FAQs we receive about these responsibilities – and first in the series is tackling clear and accessible escape routes. Continue reading

  • Here's what can happen when you take Business Fire Safety lightly...

    A Welsh recycling firm has been handed the largest fine ever recorded in Wales for breaching fire safety laws.

    MDS Recycling faced nine separate charges, receiving the maximum fine for each, totalling £45,000 plus an additional £3,207 in costs. Continue reading

  • Workplace Fires... Don't Take the Risk!

     

    Workplace fires are a common occurrence but can often be easily prevented. Here at Fire Seals Direct, we have put together an infographic to show recently collected statistics on the result of fires in the workplace for both employers and employees, and a checklist of how to make sure your workplace is fire safe. Continue reading

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