Fire Doors For Retail Spaces
Fire doors are a necessary safety feature in commercial buildings in Australia, and this includes retail stores. Here’s an overview of retail fire doors, and the options available.
Fire doors are a necessary feature of every commercial building in Australia, including retail premises. They are an integral part of a building’s fire protection model and are crucial for the safety of people inside and surrounding buildings.
Fire doors in retail spaces work to stop fire and smoke from spreading quickly throughout a building and making their way into isolated areas like fire exits and corridors where people could become trapped. In a nutshell, fire doors save lives.
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.
Types of Retail Fire Doors
Here at FSE we provide a range of fire door options to suit any retail spaces:
• 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 heavy foot traffic, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical.
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in retail spaces. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are useful in spaces where corridors 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.
• Ballistic fire doors – Ballistic Doors are bullet and blast resistant, providing protection against things such as explosions and other malicious attacks. They are suitable for retail spaces such as gas stations where an extra level of security may be required.
• Glass fire doors – Glass fire doors are popular in modern retail spaces. A fire rated glazing is applied to the glass product, ensuring it adheres to the fire resistance requirements outlines by the BCA.
Retail Spaces in Heritage Buildings
Some retail spaces are located in heritage buildings. Despite the delicacy of these spaces, they still need to adhere to fire resistance ratings. This means that doors may need to be upgraded.
Heritage door upgrades refer to the process of upgrading the doors in heritage buildings to meet the current fire resistant ratings set by the BCA (AS1530.4).
This process may involve upgrading hardware (heritage-style hardware can be purchased to ensure the upgrade maintains the existing design and period of the door), dismantling the door so that concealed adjustments and proofing can be carried out, or even replacing the doors altogether.