Fireproofing, or making a structure safe in the event of a fire, is a concept that not many people understand, but it is something that can save you a lot of money and may even save your life, or the lives of others.
A fireproof building or structure simply means that certain measures have been put in place, to make it more fire-resistant – this means it has a better chance of withstanding high temperatures in case of a fire, which could prevent it from collapsing under its own weight.
There are different classifications of the level of fireproofing that a structure has – this means that it may still be deemed unsafe or unusable if the structure was exposed to flames exceeding a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.
There are different types of structures that people might want to fireproof, which include:
• Structural Steel
• Electric Circuits
• Gas or Petrol Containers
• Pipes that transport oil or petroleum.
• Concrete Structures
Fireproofing in its simplest form works by covering a structure, or parts thereof in materials that regulate heat more effectively, keeping the exposed areas of the structure cool enough to withstand the heat – or at least, for a certain amount of time.
Through the years, many people have tried selling fireproofing materials and methods that are sub-standard and won’t give your structure the protection it needs. Therefore, it is advisable that you do your research and request the correct accreditation documents from any installers.