An Overview of Commercial Fire Doors
Fire doors are a necessary safety feature of every commercial building in Australia. Here’s an overview of commercial fire doors – who needs them and the options avaliable.
Fire doors are a necessary feature of every commercial building in Australia. They are integral to a building’s fire protection model and crucial for the overall safety of the people inside.
Commercial fire doors work to stop fire and smoke from spreading quickly throughout a building and making their way into isolated areas like fire exits and corridor where people could become trapped. In a nutshell, fire doors save lives.
What Exactly Are Commercial Fire Doors?
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements will have been rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here. These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open.
Who Needs Commercial Fire Doors?
Commercial hotels require a strict and compliant fire protection system to be in place as they are diverse environments that house lots of people and different activities. Compartmentalisation of fire and smoke is particularly important in hotels to ensure people do not become trapped in hallways, stairwells and corridors.
Hospitality venues – such as pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and motels – are functional spaces that house a number of different activities and a diverse spread of people. In these commercial spaces, fire doors are particularly important for containing flame and smoke, making sure they do not make their way into isolated areas such as stairwells and entrance ways. They are a crucial element of a venue’s fire protection model and necessary for like safety of patrons and staff alike.
Education facilities such as schools, TAFEs, private colleges and universities present very specific conditions for safety systems. These are multi-faceted spaces, with classrooms, lecture halls, offices, theatres, auditoriums and libraries – all of which are hives of activity. A stringent fire protection model must reflect the complexity of these spaces.
Fire doors in hospitals must serve to keep occupants safe and minimise fire damage, they also need to facilitate easy and swift movement in corridors, passageways and between certain rooms/areas. From hospitals and aged care facilities to dental clinics and veterinaries, all healthcare spaces need commercial fire doors.
Industrial facilities, such as mining, warehouses and factories present very specific conditions when it comes to fire safety. These spaces require superior levels of fire protection as they inherently house hazardous materials and activity.
The Types of Commercial Fire Doors
Here at FSE we provide a range of commercial fire door options to suit any application.
• Sliding fire doors – Sliding fire doors are quite common in larger spaces where, in the event of a fire, larger entry/exit points are needed to accommodate more people and large machinery, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical.
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in commercial spaces. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are useful in spaces where corridors have heavy traffic flow in both directions, such as schools or hpostials. They perform like any other fire door. However, the key difference is that they swing 180-degrees to allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through the doors.
• Biothermic fire doors – Biothermic doors are designed to prevent the flow of gas between rooms or compartments by creating an air tight (gas tight) seal. These specialised doors are built to withstand extreme pressure and are made to resist both thermal and chemical damage – these are suitable for mining and industrial applications.
• Ballistic fire doors – Ballistic Doors are bullet and blast resistant, providing protection against things such as explosions and other malicious attacks. They are suitable for commercial spaces such as gas stations, ticketing agencies or banks.
• Radiation shielded fire doors – Radiation shielding for doors provide a vital layer of protection on your doors to personnel safe from radiation. They are suitable in facilties where radiation is used. These doors doors are lined with a lead sheet and can include radiation shielded glass vision panels for maximum protection.