The Importance of Fire Stop, Smoke Seal and Infectious Disease Containment

Executive Director of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperative Trust, Pete Ielmini, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 24 about the importance of firestopping, smoke sealing and infectious disease containment.

Labor Management Cooperative TrustIelmini first spoke about what fire stop and smoke seal does and how it protects buildings. He said when buildings are constructed, rooms are separated into partitions or compartments and have smoke seals in them. This is done to prevent spreading to other rooms if a fire were to break out. Ielmini explained that fire stop and smoke seal is important because it can limit fire and smoke damage as well as potentially save lives.

Ielmini also discussed infectious disease control in hospitals. Much like fire stop and smoke seal, infectious disease control is meant to prevent the spread of airborne disease throughout a building. In order to keep doctors, nurses and other patients in the hospital safe, each room needs to be protected with infectious disease control. Lastly, Ielmini spoke about insulators offering training to fire marshals and safety inspectors in the field of fire stop and smoke seal in order to keep buildings as safe as they possibly can.

Sharon Johnson the ProgressiveSharon Johnson, a writer for The Progressive spoke about her latest article, “On the Front Lines.” Her article highlights community health centers and how they have provided healthcare in the nation’s most underprivileged neighborhoods. The patients at healthcare centers are those who are most affected by the pandemic. The centers help provide food, social support, teledoctor help and much more. Johnson mentioned that the centers operate on tight budgets and as the number of patients rises the centers will become stressed. Thanks to an early relief bill of $100 million and an additional $2.2 trillion from the CARES Act, the healthcare centers are able to administer treatment to the large number of patients.


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