Hospitality Fire Doors
Fire doors are a necessary safety feature of every hospitality venue in Australia. Here’s an overview of hospitality fire doors and the options available from FSE.
When it comes to fire safety in hospitality venues, there are very strict regulations in Australia. Fire doors are a necessary element of the fire protection model in these spaces, crucial for the safety of people inside and surrounding buildings.
Hospitality venues are also multifaceted spaces and may require a number of fire protection systems to be put in place. These will 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 Exactly 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.
Who Requires Hospitality Fire Doors
Every hospitality venue in Australia will require fire doors. This includes:
• Live music venues
• Fast food vendors
Types of Hospitality Fire Doors
Here at FSE we provide a range of fire door options to suit any hospitality venue:
• 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.
• 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 offers 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 hospitality venues such as nightclubs 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.
Sound Attenuation Considerations
Many hospitality spaces, such as hotels, nightclubs and live music venues, may require strict attention to sound attenuation. Acoustic fire doors are an excellent choice here. Acoustic fire doors must meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the Building Code of Australia and they are tested and certified accordingly.
Retail Spaces in Heritage Buildings
Some venues are located in heritage buildings. Despite the delicacy of these spaces, they still need to adhere to fire resistance ratings. This may means that doors 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.