Fire protection is an increasingly important part of today’s building industry largely due to urbanization. The more concentrated environments we live in, the higher the risk is for a life-threatening fire to spread quickly. Buildings and structures need protection against this imminent threat. Consistent use of integrated, passive fire protection is the most effective way to minimize this risk and protect people’s lives, their property and the environment.

Seals and Penetrations as Weak Points after Fire Breakouts

Modern building frameworks are interspersed with multiple utility and network services including cables, pipes and ventilation ducts in both horizontal and vertical directions, resulting in countless penetrations through most of the walls and floors. Each of these penetrations and every joint between different building structures, elements and areas, is potentially a passage for the spread of flames, heat and toxic smoke into adjoining rooms and areas, which – in the worst case – may result in uncontrolled fire propagation throughout the entire building.  

Fireman extinguishing the fire
Aerial view of skyscrapers in the city
Active Protection and Passive Protection Against Fire

This is where passive protection against fire comes into play. Active protection systems such as sprinklers, such as fire extinguishers, can extinguish fires, while passive protection systems are designed to prevent the spread of the fire to minimize damage and to confine the fire in certain sections and, more importantly, to allow people in other areas to evacuate the area safely. In the event of a fire, heat and smoke will spread through the joints of the walls and floors, causing damage, endangering human life and at the same time leading to the possibility of blocking escape routes.

Firestop Systems – An Essential Asset for Occupants and Owners

  • Limits the spread of fire by containing it in a single compartment in its area of origin
  • Slows the spread of toxic gas and black smoke, allowing people more time to escape more safely
  • Provides vital escape time for people during fire incidents
  • Protects escape routes, building structure and critical structural members
  • Minimizes costs to rebuild after the fire
  • Protects owners’ built assets

Sika's Firestop Systems May Save Lives and Protect Property

Fire resistant silicone sealant for linear seals in walls and floors

Fire resistant acrylic sealant for service penetration and joint seals

Fire resistant acrylic sealant for linear seals and penetrations

Fire resistant mineral wool based backer rod system for linear seals

Fire resistant PU sealant for linear seals and penetrations

Fire resistant expansion foam for linear seals

Fire resistant intumescent sealant for penetration seals

Fire resistant acrylic sealant / coating for floor and wall intersections

Fire resistant ablative coating for a protection board

Fire resistant coated protection board

Fire resistant pipe collar

Fire resistant load bearing compound

Fire resistant pipe wrap

Fire resistant pipe wrap on a roll

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