Apartment Fire Door Regulations
Fire doors keep occupants of a building safe by stopping the spread of smoke and flames. Fire safety doors are a crucial part of any building’s fire safety infrastructure, however, to uphold their strata managers and occupants must be aware of the appropriate fire door regulation.
Apartments are shared residential complexes and require strict fire protection systems to ensure the safety of all residents. Fire safety doors are an integral part of a buildings fire safety infrastructure as they are able to compartmentalise flames and smoke in the advent of a fire while directing residents out of a building.
Apartment Fire Door Regulation
Under the requirements of the Building Code of Australia, entry and exit doors to all apartment must be fire rated to one hour. ‘Fire door’ actually refers to a fire-rated door set, which includes the door leaf, frame as well as hardware such as handles, viewing panels, sir grilles and locks. Each must be tested and approved in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, article AS1530.4.
One of the main function of these doors is that they close and latch automatically so that in the case of a fire they are not left open. This is important so that ‘compartmentalisation’ can occur, which stops the spread of flames between different areas of a building while keeping key traffic areas flame free. Apartments are generally located in built-up metropolitan areas where building are close together, so the risk of fire spreading between building can be high.
Apartment Fire Door Inspections
Inspections are an integral part in making sure that fire doors continue to operate to the best of their ability. Apartment fire doors require annual checks to ensure that they continue to be operational and fully compliant. All of the necessary elements of a fire-rated door set, including the hardware, leaf and frame must be checked and accredited by an official.
According to the Building Code of Australia, apartment fire doors need to be inspected in the following intervals:
• Every 6 months for common property fire doors
• Every 12 months for sole occupancy unit fire doors
Damage and obstruction with any of a door’s components can affect the performance of the whole fire-rated door set and compromise the effectiveness in the advent of an emergency. Strata managers have the important task of making sure that all residents of an apartment know not to obstruct fire doors, as this can lead to damage, rendering them less effective in the advent of fire.
Annual Fire Safety Certificates
Strata managers of apartments are responsible for submitting an annual Fire Safety Certificate and schedule for all new and altered buildings. For each year following they must submit an Annual Fire Saftey Statement (AFSS). Each of these documents is required to be certified by a Fire Saftey Official such as a fire engineer. It is considered an offence to fail to submit a Fire Safety Certificate and steep fines apply. Failure to a form submit is considered grounds for legal action in the Land and Environmental Court with a maximum penalty of $110,000.
Signage For Apartment Fire Doors
Signage is a crucial part of fire door regulation in apartments and it is important that the correct sign is displayed at all times, based on the requirements set by the Building Code of Australia. Signs are important to make residents aware of the correct conduct around fire doors.
Signs that are lost, damaged or defaced must be replaced, otherwise, penalties may apply.
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