An Overview of Fire Doors For Schools
Here is an overview of fire doors for schools – why they are important and the different options avaliable from FSE Special Purpose Doors.
Educational facilities such as schools, TAFEs, private colleges and universities present very specific conditions for safety systems to be put in place. These kinds of buildings house large numbers of students and staff at one time, and because of this the legislation and building regulations for schools are very strict.
Fire doors for the education sector 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. Our certified fire door sets are particularly suited to public buildings such as schools and universities, built to an extremely high quality that you can rely on.
Fire rated doors are a crucial element of the fire protection models within the education sector and are necessary for the safety of staff and students alike. Let’s take a closer look at fire doors for schools.
What Are 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. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety.
Why Do We Need Fire Doors In Schools?
Fire rated doors are an essential part of every education facilities’ fire protection model. All schools require fire doors.
• Safety – Fire doors save lives by stopping fire and smoke from spreading quickly and from entering places where students and staff may get trapped, such as corridors, alcoves, classrooms and lecture halls.
• Building Preservation – Aside from protecting the people within them, fire doors are vital in protecting buildings by hindering the spread of fire and smoke throughout. They are also necessary for stopping fire from spreading to other buildings, which may be very important if a schools is located in a built up area. Furthermore, many schools are heritage listed. Click here to read more on fire doors for heritage buildings.
• Compliance – Australia has strict rules in regards to fire safety in schools in all states. As a designer, architect, builder, installer, licensee, or education professional it is very important to ensure that all fire rated doors and frames comply with Australian (and state) regulations in order to avoid serious penalties.
• Easy escape – Aside from the doors themselves, fire door signage helps to direct students and staff to safety in the event of a fire.
What Kinds of Fire Doors Are Appropriate For The Education Sector?
Educational facilities are functional buildings with an array of different spaces, from classrooms and labs, to libraries and lecture halls. There are also hives of activity, with student and staff traffic heading in all directions at all times. The types fire doors in these spaces must take these factors into account to ensure maximum performance.
Here at FSE we provide a range of high quality fire doors to suit any education space:
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in schools. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation – three very important factors in schools.
• Swinging Fire Doors – Swinging double action fire doors are quite suitable in schools. 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. They are ideal for corridors in busy schools with traffic that flows in both directions.
• 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, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical. They might be useful in auditoriums or libraries.
Fire Doors For Schools From FSE Special Purpose Doors
Fire doors are an essential part of any education facilities’ fire protection model and the overall safety of staff and students within. FSE Special Purpose Doors’ unmatched experience and expertise in the design, construction and manufacture of fire doors for schools provides our customers with exceptional peace of mind.
FSE Special Purpose Doors work with many clients in the education sector throughout Australia to design, manufacture and install fire doors for schools of all kinds.
If you have any questions about fire doors for schools, to learn more about our products, or to book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us here.