Checking your fire doors

Fire doors are an essential part of almost any building, as they protect the safety of occupants in the case of an emergency such as a fire.

It is essential to ensure that fire doors are always working properly. So, what can you do to ensure they are in tip-top shape?

Do they comply with the Building Code of Australia?

The Building Code of Australia has set out stringent rules which outline that all fire doors must be installed in accordance with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1905.1.2005. This ensures that doors possess the required safety features and guarantees that the doors are able to withstand fires for a significant amount of time. Every two years, an inspection is required, where fire doors are assessed for physical defects such as faulty locking mechanisms, misalignment, diminished door frame or other issues which mean the door does not adhere to the code. Be sure to get inspections regularly and on time. 

Are the door gaps measured correctly?

The gap present between a fire door and its frame at the head should never exceed four millimetres and should not be less than two millimetres This provides adequate room for the door’s intumescent strips to activate in the event of a fire.

Are the smoke seals functioning properly?

Smoke can travel through gaps quickly and easily, no matter how small they are. Make sure that the smoke seals close all of the gaps in the doors to minimise risk.

Is the correct signage present?

Never doubt the importance of proper signage on your fire doors. Signage always needs to be well-maintained and cannot be defaced, damaged or missing. Always remember that a fire door has to be clearly labelled as such so it can be seen clearly and promptly accessed in the event of an emergency.

Does the door close properly?

Fire doors should always be able to close properly. Check to make sure the door or seals have not warped, so that the door can close properly against seals.

Are there any obstructions?

The proper functioning of fire doors must not be hindered at any time by any occupants, items, furniture, or other objects. By ensuring a clear path that leads to a fire door, you are ensuring that occupants can escape danger as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Contact us today!

We supply a wide range of doors to meet the needs of any building. Our doors can be built using a variety of materials and configured and fitted to meet your unique aesthetic and functional requirements. FSE Special Purpose Doors manufactures a variety of special door types for numerous industries throughout Australia.

If you have any questions about Fire safety, 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.