Ensuring your fire doors are always compliant

Fire-resistant doors are a crucial part of a building’s fire-safe infrastructure. To keep your doors compliant, they must be maintained to the highest standard throughout their lifetime to ensure they continue to provide adequate safety to the occupants of a building.

There are a few things you can do to make sure that your fire-resistant doors continue to be compliant. Check them out below.

Bi-annual Inspections

Inspections are a significant factor in making sure that fire doors remain compliant. They are required bi-annually by accredited officials to make sure that entries still comply with regulations set by the Building Code of Australia. Inspections check the following:

• All door openers continue to function correctly, and all latching mechanisms remain to lock and unlock as designed.
• All parts of the door, frame and hardware uphold their required fire-resistance rating in accordance with AS1905.
Doors do not have deadbolt locks.
• Clearances around the edges of the door, maintain the required measurements and are compliant with regulations.
• Doors have not been misaligned, split, altered or damaged in any way that could affect their safety protection.

Regular door checks

Between inspections, you should still keep an eye on your doors to make sure they continue to be in working order, and comply with fire safety regulations. Some checks that you should perform are:

• Looking out for any damage on the door, its hardware, or its frames. Some damage, such as a missing screw, might be repairable; however, if the damage is more serious, you may need to contact a professional.
• Keeping your door clear of obstacles that may obstruct your door’s functioning.
• Make sure that occupants are aware that damaging or blocking doors can mean they are disrupting fire safety regulation.

Check and maintain signage

Signage is a very important part of fire-safe regulation, and your doors should always display the correct sign, as set by the Building Code of Australia. Signs that are damaged or defaced should be replaced immediately. In NSW, doors must instruct occupants not to obstruct the door and depict the penalties for offences relating to fire exits. Follow the link for more information around signage for fire doors.

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FSE Special Purpose Doors are experts in all aspects of door manufacture and installation and have particular expertise in fire doorscustom fire doorssolid core doorsheritage door upgrades, acoustic doors, and radiation shielded doors. We supply and deliver fire doors to Sydney and throughout Australia. If you want like to learn more about fire door compliance – 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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