Fire protection: fill small openings with ease.

August 18, 2017 Bethany Turowec

fire protection in the building

Summer is synonymous with construction season in Canada. It’s a hectic time of the year for people in the business: estimating projects, sourcing products, and managing job sites.

Firestop technology is a critical component of any build. Unfortunately, firestop systems are rarely a perfect fit. Where pipes and cables penetrate through fire-rated walls, you’re often left with small – but critical – gaps and cracks through which smoke and fire can travel. To restore your fire rating and meet code, you must fill these voids. But this can take hours – costing you time and money.

How can you fill the openings created by through penetrations efficiently, to keep your project on time, on budget, up to code – and still have confidence your build will help protect your assets and property?

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The challenge with traditional fire protection products.

Think about all the places in a commercial construction project through which smoke and flames can penetrate.

Blank openings, metal pipes, cables, cable trays, insulated pipes, penetrations through concrete floors and walls, and other openings: each of these features can be a gateway to property damage and loss of life from fire and smoke.

Traditionally, our industry has relied on mineral wool, bricks, and runny foam to fill these gaps. These options can be messy, time consuming and inefficient.

Fast, efficient fire protection without compromising safety.

Many contractors are now opting to use faster curing and sag-resistant options like the 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam.

3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam is a premium two-part firestop foam designed to fill the space created by pipes and cables penetrating through fire-rated construction. It foams in place, filling the void and creating a firestop seal to restore the fire rating of the entire wall.

Products like 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam offer several key benefits over traditional fire protection products:

  • Speed: 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam expands up to five times during installation, helping you finish your job up to 3 times faster than other firestop methods.*
  • Versatility: 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam bonds to most construction materials, including – but not limited to – concrete, metal, wood, plastic and cable jacketing.
  • Repair: Mistakes happen. 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam stays pliable after installation, making it easy for you to install new cables or conduits, or make repairs.
  • Clean up and aesthetics: Unlike traditional fire protection products, which can be messy, 3M™ Fire Barrier FIP 1-Step Firestop Foam requires minimal clean up. You can even paint over the application using primer.

Learn more.

Looking for a listing? Go to to find 3M™ Fire Barrier Rated Foam and other fire protection products from 3M.

*3M data on file


About the Author

Bethany Turowec

[enBio=Bethany works both in the field and in the lab to support customers in the fire and construction sectors. Every day she applies her technical expertise to develop novel solutions that help companies overcome their pain points and advance their businesses. Bethany is a recognized expert in her industry, and has been published multiple times.],[enJob=Application Development Engineer, Industrial Business Group,3M Canada],[frBio=Mme Turowec travaille sur le terrain et en laboratoire au service des clients des secteurs de la lutte contre l’incendie et de la construction. Elle met quotidiennement à profit son expertise technique pour trouver des solutions originales qui aident les entreprises à éliminer leurs sources d’irritation et à faire progresser leurs activités. Elle est une experte reconnue dans son domaine et a plusieurs publications à son actif.],[frJob=Ingénieure en développement d’applications, Secteur Industrie, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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