Why Are My Fire Doors No Longer Compliant?
Fire doors are very important in commercial, industrial and residential buildings to ensure the safety of the occupants. Fire doors must be kept compliant to ensure that they maintain their safety standards throughout their lifetime, and can provide safety in the case of an emergency.
There are many reasons why fire doors may no longer be compliant, so it is essential to be aware of the different ways to keep your fire doors up to standard. Here are some ways that your fire doors may no longer be compliant, and what you can do help.
Fire Doors Have Not Been Regularly Inspected
Fire doors must be inspected bi-annually to remain compliant. Inspections make sure that your doors still hold up to safety regulations set by the Building Code of Australia. If you haven’t had your doors inspected for some time you should organise one with an accredited official.
Fire Doors Have Failed an Inspection
There are many reasons why fire doors may fail an inspection, but most it could be due to a physical defect that prevents the door from functioning to its full capacity. Here are some reasons your fire doors could fail an inspection:
Door openers and latching mechanisms do not function properly or do not lock and unlock as designed.
Parts of the door, frame and hardware do not continue to uphold their fire resistance rating in accordance with AS1905.
Doors possess deadbolt locks, prohibited or other prohibited features.
Clearances around the edges of the door do not continue to maintain the required measurements to be compliant with regulations.
Doors have been misaligned, split, altered or damaged in a way that could affect their safety function.
Fire Doors Do Not Possess the Correct Signage
Signage is a crucial part of fire safety regulation, and without the correct signage displayed, as regulated by the Building Code of Australia, doors will fail to remain compliant. Regulation can vary from state to state, however, the sign should clearly label the door as a fire door so that it can be seen clearly in the state of an emergency.
In NSW fire door signs must instruct occupants not to obstruct the door and display the penalties for offences relating to fire exits. In all cases, if signage is defaced, damaged or missing, replacement is required immediately.
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Doors Are Obstructed
Fire doors should never be obstructed, as any obstacles in front of a door may restrict access or cause damage. It is important to make sure that occupants are aware that obstructing fire doors means that they are disrupting fire safety regulation.
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