Steve Cookson, Technical Services Manager

A recent fire at Freeston Academy in Normanton, which broke out when students were collecting their GCSE results, caught our attention as incidents like this are happening more frequently.


The fire, which started on the roof of the library block, was not suspicious and was most likely caused construction work being carried out on the academy. More than 50 firefighters attended the scene, with the blaze causing huge amounts of damage and disruption.


Luckily no one was hurt, but it’s important that we learn from the situation to prevent it happening again in the future.


Fires such as this are often caused by hot works on site during the refurbishment of old roofs. Hot applied roofing materials, such a bitumen felt, are adhered using a blow torch, which can pose a fire risk.


In sensitive areas and locations where buildings will be in use during construction work, it is even more important to consider health and safety implications. Here at Sika Liquid Plastics we recommend the use of cold applied products at sites where disruption must be kept to a minimum and safety is paramount. Cold applied waterproofing products completely eliminate the risk of fire during installation, giving the client peace of mind.


All of our roof coating products at Sika Liquid Plastics are cold applied and have been specified at schools, hospitals and other such buildings up and down the country. Suitable for use on flat and pitched roof systems, they are totally seamless, single pack, liquid applied waterproofing membranes and have the highest fire ratings once installed (BROOF (t4)). The system not only reduces fire risk to zero during application, it is also very quick to apply, keeping disruption to a minimum.


Take a look at the full range of Sika Liquid Plastics products here.