Typically, the perimeter joint system is primarily a smoke barrier
rather than a fire-stop, which is a common cause of confusion.
Even a simple light fixture installation could impact a fire or smoke barrier
, so make inspections a habit.
These door serves as a fire and smoke barrier
. Their role becomes all the more important as the studies show that more people have lost lives due to smoke asphyxiation than due to fire, said the company in a statement.
In a hospital, every floor that features patient care or patient sleeping rooms (as opposed to floors that are exclusively administrative or educational) must have a smoke barrier
that runs straight (or reasonably close to straight) across the entire floor, from one exterior wall to the other, that divides the floor into two distinct halves.
The new standards require smoke dampers where ductwork passes through a smoke barrier
, and older homes, such as the Nashville facility, will no longer be grandfathered under earlier editions of the Life Safety Code that do not include such a requirement.
It is imperative that they be taken to the fire by a route that does not penetrate the smoke barrier
doors, beyond which the residents are being evacuated.
In multiunit/ townhouse/apartment construction, the air control layer system is also the fire barrier and smoke barrier
in inter-unit separations.
They serve as fire and smoke barriers
with an ability to withstand a fire from 45 to 240 minutes, preventing fire spreading and protecting lives and properties by reducing smoke hazards.
Chapter 7 of the IBC covers fire-resistance-rated construction and defines where dampers are to be installed in smoke barriers
and partitions or fire walls, barriers, or partitions.