Factory Fire Doors
Here is an overview of factory fire doors – why they are important and the different options avaliable from FSE Special Purpose Doors.
Like other industrial spaces, factories present specific conditions when it comes to fire safety. Often factories house hazardous activity and materials. They are also extremely busy spaces, and must allows for controlled traffic flow. Special purpose fire doors can accommodate these kinds of environments, while adhering to the stringent legislation and building regulations that exist for industrial spaces.
Factory fire doors are designed and engineered to suit the many different heavy-duty industrial applications and can be customised to meet the needs of any space. Fire rated doors are a crucial element of the fire protection models within the industrial sector and are necessary for the safety of factories and their personnel. Let’s take a closer look at factory fire doors.
What Are Fire Rated Doors?
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements are 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.
Fire doors are an essential part of any building’s fire protection model and are crucial for the overall safety of the people inside.
Why Do Factories Need Fire Doors?
Factory fire doors are required for a number of reasons.
• Safety – Fire doors work by stopping fire and smoke from spreading quickly and entering places where people may get trapped. This is particularly important in factories where large spaces house lots of people, equipment, and machinery. It is also critical to ensuring people do not get trapped in small alcoves, corridors or stairwells.
• Easy escape – Fire doors are important for the safety of a buildings occupants for two reasons: trapping a fire inside, while simultaneously directing people to safety. The signage on fire doors help to direct personnel to safety in the event of a fire.
• Compliance – Australia has strict rules in regards to industrial fire safety in all states. As a factory manager, 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.
• 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 is very important if a factory is located in an industrial area.
What Kinds of Factory Fire Doors Are Avaliable?
Factories are inherently hazardous spaces that house a range of activities and materials. From storage facilties to processing plants to waste management and treatment facilities, they are varied spaces, and different fire doors may be required to suit different applications.
At FSE we provide a range of heavy duty fire door options to suit any kind of factory.
Standard fire doors:
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in factories. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• 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.
• Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are crucial in factories where spaces have heavy traffic flow in both directions. 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.
Special purpose 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.
• Ballistic fire doors – Ballistic doors are bullet and blast resistant doors that provide protection against things such as weaponry assaults, forced entry and other criminal attacks, blasts and explosions.
• 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 factories where radiation is used. These doors doors are lined with lead sheeting and can include radiation shielded glass vision panels too.
Our unmatched experience and expertise in the design, construction and manufacture of fire doors for factories provides our customers with exceptional peace of mind.
We work with many clients in the industrial sector throughout Australia to design, manufacture and install fire doors for factories of all kinds.
If you have any questions about industrial fire doors, to learn more about our products, or to book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us here.