Fire barriers include fire-rated walls, floors, and ceilings that are used to limit the spread of fire
in a building and allow adequate time for occupants to safely relocate or exit. Fire barriers are also
used to prevent the spread of fire between adjacent
buildings. Maintaining fire barrier integrity is critical. Any improperly sealed or unprotected fire
barrier opening might result in fire spread. Openings in fire barriers include doors, windows,
ductwork, and other penetrations such as pipes and cables. Most buildings undergo consistent if not constant modifications.
Oftentimes, the existing fire barriers are modified after initial construction.
These modifications might result in degradations to the fire barrier. A periodic fire
barrier inspection program helps identify deficiencies. The inspection includes evaluating:
All other communications in the fire barrier
Annual inspections document newly installed
firestopping systems that are incorrectly installed.
Experience You Can Count On
Fire barriers need to be inspected by qualified and competent persons who understand the construction
features of fire rated barriers and how to properly protect any opening within them.
Choosing HCC Fire Barrier Management for completing fire barrier
inspections ensures the inspection will be completed thoroughly. HCC Fire Barrier Management is a fire
protection engineering consulting company. Our engineers are registered Professional Engineers in the fire
protection engineering discipline and have degrees in Fire Protection Engineering. Our firestopping
inspectors have successfully passed the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor examination and completed STIís
Firestop Instructional Training in New Jersey as well as HILTIís HASFC Level 1 workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Our engineers have extensive experience in specifying fire doors, fire windows, and other penetrants for
design projects and use that knowledge during the inspection process. With more than 30 years of professional
experience we are trusted experts in firestopping and fire protection engineering and have served clients
throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.