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Fire Rated Ceiling Access Panels?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Fire rated access panels work when they are installed according to the manufacturer’s data sheet details. There are over 9 different details on how a ceiling penetration should be prepared. These details are subject to the fire rating levels of the ceiling and the manufacturer. Remember, a fire rated access panel is only a product. However, when you install it to the properly prepared ceiling penetration, it becomes a passive fire system.


Plasterboard ceiling penetration was not prepared as per manufacturers test approvals


Plasterboard ceiling penetration was not prepared as per manufacturers test approvals


This photo demonstrates when a penetration is correctly prepared before installing a fire rated access panel



Aldo Pena

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