Benefits‌ ‌of‌ ‌Fire‌ ‌Rated‌ ‌Glass‌

Fire resistant glass is paramount in areas at risk of fire. They do not combust, nor do they shatter which means further injury is minimised in emergeny situations.

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Where a building is, fire safety always has to be a major consideration. Everyone operating in a building should always be exercising to prevent fire.

If prevention is not successful against fire, then you need to to have the right steps so individuals are safe. You’ll also want to keep any damage done to the building and its surrounding areas small.

One safety measure that we can have in place is the installation of fire-rated safety glass. Of course, having the correct fittings in place will help to minimise the spread of smoke and flames. With this, we will help people make a swift and safe evacuation and slow down any damage done to the building.

Fire-rated glass is a fitting that will provide benefits in all the ways mentioned above. At the same time helping to ensure the building meets all required regulations.

We live at a time where we can use some key advancements in fire safety technology to our advantage. Now that we have high-quality fire-rated glass available, it is worth installing. And as well as the fire protection properties that it provides, fire rated glass also looks good.

It is a type of material that does not look out of place with the understated look of an office aesthetic. It helps a building look less sectioned off from one area to another and allows for more natural light to enter.

Understanding Fire Rated Glass Ratings

Normal glass is not fire resistant-it would shatter around 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The fire-resistant glass, but, can withstand over 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that not all fire-resistant glass have the same rating, so, will not be able to handle the same situations.

There are two main words which are to describe the properties of a given piece of glass:

Integrity: This relates to how long the fire, smoke and hot flames are contained in a given area.

Insulation: This relates to the time that people within a building would be protected from the heat that radiates from the fire.

However, integrity and insulation are only present in certain classifications of glass which are as follows:

Class E
This is integrity only performance and does not prevent the transmission of radiant heat but will help contain the spread of flames and hot smoke.

Class EW
Integrity performance and with a slight ability to provide some heat resistance.

Class EI
The highest level of protection from fire, smoke and heat that offers both integrity and insulation.

As you can see from the above, it is not the case of selecting any fire safety glass and expecting the same results. The type of glass fitting to use in your building would need consideration. For fire rated glass to reach their rating it must be through health and safety tests.

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Where Fire Safety Glass Must Be Used

In this section, you will discover exactly how beneficial the use of fire-rated glass is. For these instances of a building below are so crucial the use of fire safety standard glass is required:

Fire Escape

Fire escape routes are covered by building regulations to meet certain levels of protection at an escape route. Any access to exit stairways and the stairways themselves must also have protection. From fire-rated glass doors and frames as well as fire-rated glass walls.

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Resist External Fire Spread

Any external walls or roofs in a commercial building, resist the spread of frames over their surface. Now, fire rated glass walls are non-combustible.

Unlike external materials which means they offer better protection. Fire glass windows are crucial in the way that they contain the fire and stop it entering out of a building.

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Prevent Fire from Spreading in the Lining

Something not to overlook is the internal lining of a building. The materials used can be a big part of fire growth and can encourage the spread of fire across their surface. But, fire rated glass panels with an EI rating can act as a barrier preventing damage and injury whilst fire is.

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Prevent Fire from Spreading to the Structure

With fire rated glass we can set up a system that will help confine a fire to the room in which it originated. Without the fire spreading, or the building structure and the longer the this can be held, the better. The recommendation is fire rated glass partitions which will slow down the spread of fire.

It is the choice to use on a sprinkler system being set off in the event of a fire. The uses of other materials such as tempered glass would shatter once the system activates.

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Easier to See Danger

Don’t forget another one of the key benefits of fire-rated glass. Glass is see-through and this could help people spot danger so that they can avoid it. It’ll help spot other dangers, such as any structures that could fall due to the fires.

The benefits of fire rated glass are vast and crucial. We are talking about a material that could save lives, as well as prevent injuries. It could also prevent a lot of damage to a building and any other connected areas.

It can help prevent a building from destruction, which could include personal items. When all’s done, fire rated glass is important to have installed in all the right areas in buildings.

About The Author

Reece Thompson: Reece has been involved in property in one way or another for the past 10 years. He’s gained a lot of experience when it comes to the home, kitchen and garden. He shares his knowledge with enthusiasm and honesty.