FIRE STOPS AND FIRE DOORS
Hog barn fires cause devastating loss of property and even human lives. The use of fire stops and fire doors can significantly decrease the severity of your loss if you have a fire.
Fires in agricultural buildings and houses cost millions of dollars every year. These fire losses could be reduced substantially through use of less flammable materials and some simple fire stopping measures such as fire stops and fire doors.
Fire stops are obstructions placed in concealed passages within buildings which slow or halt the movement of flame heat and hot gasses from one area to another. Most modern homes and agricultural buildings can benefit from fire stopping. Properly constructed walls can be used as fire stops in buildings where it is desirable to provide more control over fire spread between adjacent areas, i.e. hog confinements with several buildings. These stops (commonly called fire walls) can provide time to remove animals or equipment from a portion of a building. The fire walls should be used in conjunction with fire doors which will also isolate an area from fire.
Talk with any seasoned firefighter and they will tell you that fire stops within walls are both life and property savers. The reason fire stopping is part of the modern building codes is not an accident or an exercise to waste building materials. Many people have died and others have been seriously injured in older structures that did not have this simple framing component installed as the buildings were built. A fire stop, when properly installed, does exactly what it says. It stops the spread or advancement of fire from one section of a structure to another.
If you are considering or are in the process of constructing a building or new home, please contact us and/or visit with your contractor about the installation of required fire stops in your buildings. Fire stops can significantly minimize lost property and risk to human life.
First Aid for Fires
Nearly all fires start small and grow big. A good fire extinguisher in the hands of a person who knows how to use it can often prevent a small fire from becoming a major loss.