Fire Safety

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What are the AHJs for fire barriers?

What is an AHJ? The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is a generic term for the code official, or other trained and certified officials, bearing responsibility for ensuring that fire barriers are constructed or installed in a manner prescribed by the manufacturer’s instructions, listings, Fire Code, Life Safety Codes, the ...

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Keeping Fire Safety Top of Mind With NFPA 241

Fires happen more often than you think. During healthcare construction and renovation projects, fire safety issues typically arise from a lack of knowledge or understanding of NFPA 241, the standard that provides measures for preventing or minimizing fire damage to structures during construction, alteration or demolition.

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What is a Class A Fire Rating?

What Class A Fire Rating Means & Why It Matters The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifies a burn test (E84) to determine surface burning and smoke generation characteristics of materials used in interior construction. A Class A fire rating represents the highest rating achievable, indicating a flame ...

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What is a Fire-Rated Wall?

What Comprises a Fire-Rated Wall? Designed to contain fire and smoke for a predetermined amount of time, fire-rated walls are part of a building’s passive fire protection system. Whether permanent or temporary, these walls are inspected against applicable code by the appropriate regulatory authorities, with the goal of ...

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California Gives Thumbs-Up to FireblockWall

In December, our FireblockWall™ solution received OPM approval from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI, formerly known as the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development, or OSHPD). HCAI’s allowance applies to temporary construction barriers, when approved for a specific location, ...

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Why & How We Designed a One-Hour Fire-Rated Wall: Behind the Scenes

When STARC Systems launched its first product in 2014, we brought to life the industry’s most innovative, durable temporary dust barrier and containment system – RealWall™. It was an exciting time because we knew we were onto something. LiteBarrier™, our reusable modular wall system, quickly followed suit. It impressed ...

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