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Fire Batts

Fire Batts

A Guide to Fire Stopping

Learn all about Fire Batts - an extremely effective tool for preventing fires. It insulates the room and helps to contain the fire for a designated amount of time, enabling important assets to be saved.

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Fire batts are extremely effective tools for preventing fires — but what is a fire batt exactly? 

Though it might only take a second of carelessness for a fire to ignite, fires can bring extremely costly and dangerous levels of destruction. Firefighters can come and help you after a fire starts, but they might be too late to save what really matters. 

If property or business owners want to protect their premises from damage caused by fire and smoke, they’re going to want to invest in fire protection systems. 

Passive fire protection prevents the spread of fire and smoke. It makes use of fire compartmentation, which is dividing the building by its fire resisting elements, such as floors, ceilings and walls. If you’ve found yourself wondering how to take caution against fires, you’ve come to the right place. This article will walk you through all you need to know about fire batts

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What is a Fire Batt? 

A fire batt is a mineral fibre with high intensity that’s coated with intumescent mastic. “Intumescent” means it swells up when heated, thereby protecting material underneath. Mastic is an adhesive used to bond ceiling, wall, and floor tiles.

Fire batts are used to effectively seal around penetrations in voids within the walls, floors and ceilings. Fire batt is usually made of fibreglass or mineral wool and is supplied and manufactured by companies such as Quelfire, Polyseam, Rockwool, Firetherm. 

Different pieces are cut and spliced together to make one single slab. This is important, as fires cause molecules to heat and expand, increasing the interior pressure of a building by drastic amounts. If your batt isn’t installed correctly, it could very easily break apart, allowing the fire and smoke to spread through the void. 

A Scale of Thermal Resistance 

Much like other forms of insulation, fire batt insulation is measured on a scale of r-value, or resistance value. R-value measures the level of thermal resistance of the material. Higher resistance means the more heat it’s able to control. 

As you might expect, a higher R-value means a higher price for the fire batt. It also means it’s more effective. 

If you require more information on our fire batt solutions, including fire batt installation and fire batt maintenance, get a quote with one of our passive fire protection specialists. 

What are the Benefits of a Fire Batt?

A fire batt is an essential part of the fire safety strategy which prevents the spread of smoke and fire for a pre-determined time enabling occupants more time to escape the building. This could mean the difference between saving individual assets against the devastating effects of your entire premises succumbing to fire. Fire batt insulation is one of the quickest and safest ways to insulate your premises. However, fire batts are not the only tool that can help protect your premises against the incident of fire, click here to explore alternative products.

Fire Batts are Important to Understand for Business Safety

When it comes to making sure your business is safe, there’s nothing more important than fire safety. Another great tool to enhance your protection is the installation of Fire Doors. However, as with all fire safety equipment, it is vital that you keep up to date with maintenance and servicing. View the maintenance programmes we provide.

For more information contact us today to arrange a free site survey with one of our passive fire protection specialists. 

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