Point Tupper, Nova Scotia coal fired power plant, Unit 1
Opened up, control room cabinets under a control desk also reveal improper firestopping. “The control room cabinets typically sit on top of holes in a concrete slab, which has a fire-resistance rating that has been reduced to ZERO because the holes are not firestopped,” writes Hering.
1987 is a long time ago, and since then the relative ease of implementing good firestopping has been duly noted – which is not to say that good firestopping is by any means easy.
However, much as Bill Bradford’s wiring room photo excursion provides a primer on ‘what to do’ in terms of cleaning up a wiring closet, it’s hoped that the preceding set of photos, while gleaned from the public utility sphere, will provide network and data center installers with some graphic examples of ‘what not to do’ in terms of firestopping for cabling deployments.
Because, there’s only one thing worse than cabling spaghetti. And no one likes their spaghetti burned.
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