5 ways to check your fire doors

Fire doors prevent the spread of smoke and save lives during the event of a fire. It is essential that these are doors are up to standard and vital safety features are adhered to in order to perform to their potential.

It is essential you maintain the quality of your fire doors so they are effective in stopping the spread of smoke. Here are five ways you can check your fire doors are working correctly.

How large are the door gaps?

Door gaps between fire doors and the door frame at the head should not exceed 4mm and should not be less than 2mm as there needs to be adequate room for intumescent strips to activate if a fire is blazing.

Do the smoke seals close correctly?

Make sure that the smoke seals effectively close all gaps in the doors as smoke can travel through any gaps, no matter how big or small.

Is signage correctly displayed?

Signage of the fire door needs to be maintained and cannot be defaced, damaged or missing. The door has to be clearly labelled as a fire door so it can be seen clearly in the event of an emergency.

Does the door close properly?

The fire door must be able to close properly, as over time and with frequent use, doors often drop and become warped, making it difficult for them to close effectively.

Are there any obstructions to the door?

Fire doors must not be obstructed at any time by any occupants, items or furniture, as if they are, inaccessibility and obstacles may result in wasting valuable time in the state of an emergency and even loss of life.

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Here at Special Purpose Doors, all of our fire doors and fire door hardware is rigorously tested in accordance with the Australian Building Code Standards (i.e. AS1530.4).

We supply a wide range of fire doors to meet the needs of any building. These can be built using a variety of materials and configured and fitted to meet most aesthetic and functional requirements.

FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures Automatic Doors for numerous industries throughout Australia.

If you have any questions about Automatic Commercial Doors, or about Special Purpose Fire Doors in general, you can find our products here. To book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us.

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