Fire stopping product testing services

Warringtonfire undertakes fire resistance testing from our UKAS accredited laboratories in High Wycombe and Warrington, our BELAC accredited laboratory in Gent and our NATA accredited laboratory in Melbourne.

As part of our fire resistance testing, we carry out fire stopping product testing to British, European and International standards for a variety of fire stopping products including pipe penetration seals and linear joint seals, cavity barriers, and fire rated air ventilation grilles.

On completion of testing your fire stopping product with us, you will be issued with a comprehensive and internationally recognized fire resistance test report.

There are new challenges facing the fire stopping industry, from specification through to manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance and Warringtonfire’s team of engaged experts are ideally placed to help users understand the requirements for all fire stopping product testing.

Warringtonfire is a Notified Body of the European Commission for fire resistance testing. As a Notified Body of the European Commission our fire resistance test evidence can be used to support the CE marking of passive fire protection products.

What are fire stopping products?

Pipe penetration seals and linear joint seals services are an essential part of every building, providing gas, electricity, telecommunications, water and waste removal.

To deliver these services, cables and pipes must pass through walls, ceilings and floors, many of which are required to be fire resistant structures (separating elements or compartment lines).

Maintaining the fire stopping integrity after installation of these services using pipe penetration and linear joint seals is essential, all of which are approved through destructive fire test evidence or an approval based upon existing fire test evidence.

Cavity barriers

Building Regulations require hidden cavities and voids in the construction of a building to be sealed through the use of cavity barriers in order to suppress the spread of fire and smoke between floors and dwellings and also from by-passing any fire-resistant building elements (e.g. doorsets).

Cavity barriers fitted between fire resisting elements are essential to the fire safety of a building and are approved through destructive fire test evidence or an approval based upon existing fire test evidence.

Fire rated air ventilation grilles

Air transfer grilles are increasingly used to improve the quality of air and temperature control in buildings by allowing controlled air circulation.

Certain types of fire rated air ventilation grilles can also help to inhibit the spread of fire and smoke when used within fire and smoke sealed doors. Fire rated air transfer grilles should have the same period of fire integrity as that of the supporting construction into which it is installed.

Care should be taken to ensure that the fire test evidence is appropriate to the intended application.
Why choose us for your testing?

  • Excellent indicative/small scale furnace availability
  • Fully accredited test laboratory
  • Access to a wide range of pipes and cables
  • Ability to source materials on your behalf
  • Assistance with product and pipe support system installation
  • Ability to provide/build supporting constructions for test purposes

What will happen to CE marking after Brexit?

Warringtonfire has test laboratories and certification bodies across the EU and UK, we have solutions to act as:

• A Notified Body to support your testing and certification requirements for the CE marking of your products for use in the EU and NI. 

• An Approved/Notified body (NI) to support your testing and certification needs for UKCA marking in the GB market, and CE+UK(NI) marking for the NI market

Following the post-Brexit trade agreement, please contact one of our engaged experts to discuss your test, certification and market requirements such that we can offer a cost effective solution. Note that It is highly likely that the current acceptance of CE marked products in Great Britain will end on 1st Jan 2023, for that reason it is critical you contact us in good time to ensure you are prepared for UKCA marking