fireproofing


fireproofing
/fuyeur"prooh'fing/, n.
1. the act or process of rendering fireproof.
2. material for use in making anything fireproof.
[1865-70; FIREPROOF + -ING1]

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Use of fire-resistant materials in a building to prevent structural collapse and allow safe egress of occupants in case of fire.

The fire-resistive ratings of various materials and constructions are established by laboratory tests and usually specified in terms of hours a material or assembly can be expected to withstand exposure to fire. Building codes require application of cementitious material or insulation to structural steel frames, fire-resistant construction (e.g., using concrete block) of enclosures around exits, flame-spread ratings of finish materials such as carpeting and wall coverings, and use of such inherently fire-resistant materials as reinforced concrete and heavy timber.

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Universalium. 2010.

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