Originally Posted By: rking
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As an FPO in training, I must tell you that what you refer to is a “fire separation” not a “fire rating”.
As with anything else in this business be careful of your terminology.
A "fire separation" is there to keep the 'compartmentalization' of a unit intact to keep a fire or smoke contained in a given area for a set amount of time (dependant upon occupancy). The "fire rating" is the amount of time that a certain type of construction and/or materials will stay intact under fire conditions to uphold the "fire separation"
Information is available on the NFPA website, and your local building/fire department can probably give you information as well.
Something a lot of people do not know is that in most jurisdictions the Fire Department will inspect for Fire Code related building components for free upon request.
In my experience though, most people don't do this because "Then I will have to repair the deficincies" !!
I guess it comes down to the old "It won't happen to me" syndrome!
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