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AICO Firecap Reinstates Fire barrier at Revolutionary New Northumbria Hospital

Artist imression of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care HospitalThousands of Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts from Aico are being installed in to the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington to maintain the fire integrity of wall partitions where holes for wall sockets have been cut.

The revolutionary new hospital is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s £200million investment to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside. Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is the first of its kind in the country dedicated to emergency care with A&E consultants working 24/7 and specialists working seven days a week.

The hospital, which is due to open in 2015, benefits from the latest in healthcare design and safety measures to protect both people and property. Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts are being installed throughout the hospital to provide passive fire protection. They are designed to reinstate the fire, heat and noise barrier when recesses are made to install switches and sockets.   

When a hole is cut in a wall for a socket or switch box, the fire stopping capability of that wall is compromised and heat loss and air leakage will occur into the wall cavity. Fitting a Firecap Socket/Switch Insert provides a highly effective fire stopping seal for up to two hours and minimises heat and air loss.

Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts have been independently tested to BS EN 1364-1:1999 and are shown to offer two hours integrity and insulation.  

As well as providing quality fire protection, Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts provide an effective acoustic barrier to both impact and airborne sounds.

Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts are simple and quick to install and don’t require the use of adhesives. They are also highly cost effective, replacing the need for expensive plasterboard lining or tricky putty pads.

Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts can be used with metal and plastic single and double socket boxes in both 35mm and 47mm depths. They are rot proof and maintenance free.  

7000 Firecap Socket/Switch Inserts are initially being installed in the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital wherever the fire integrity of a partition is compromised, when holes for wall sockets have been cut.

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