Pat Tesche, our Vice President of Firestop, was interviewed by Fire Engineering, for their article: “Engineering Methods Reduce Fire Related Deaths.” Follow the article link for the whole story. Below is an excerpt:
A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report reveals U.S. structure fires in 2010 accounted for only 37-percent of fires, but resulted in 2,755 deaths and $9.7 billion in property damage. Consequently, every year many fire-related deaths are attributed to poor flame and smoke containment as could occur with inadequately sealed joints and penetrations for plumbing, HVAC, electrical, communications and other building trades, as demonstrated in the video.
“A significant number of commercial buildings today either don’t have the proper firestop systems installed at the penetrations and fire-rated joints, or they were improperly installed,” according to Patrick Tesche, vice president of compartmentalization services for fire/life safety engineering and third-party inspection firm, Telgian Corp., Tempe, Ariz., and the task group chair for firestop inspectors qualifications standards on the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM-International) E06 technical committee.
The video, which depicts a full-scale room fire at UL’s Northbrook, Ill., test facility, visually compares non-compliant firestop systems performance to compliant firestop penetration and joint systems in accordance with ASTM E814 (UL-1479) and ASTM E1966 (UL-2079), respectively. While the test’s compliant firestop systems weren’t breached, the failing non-compliant systems allowed smoke and flame migration to adjacent spaces, of which smoke is the cause of three-fourths of fire-related deaths, according to NFPA statistics.