All Your Fire Door Questions Answered
Fire doors are a crucial safety element in any building to protect both the building and the people inside. Here are some frequently asked questions about fire doors to help clarify any queries you may have.
Fire doors are an essential part of any building’s safety model and the overall protection of the people inside. Essentially, fire doors work to stop fire and smoke from spreading quickly and making their way into isolated areas like fire exits and corridors where people could become trapped. They also function to stop a fire from spreading between floors and to other buildings. In a nutshell, fire doors save lives. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about fire doors.
What Are Fire Doors?
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open (thus leaving them ineffective in the event of a fire). Fire door sets consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. They are part of a building’s passive fire protection system.
Who Can Install Fire Doors?
Unlike standard door sets, qualified personnel must install fire doors as they made specifically for safety purposes and must meet compliance standards. This includes qualified builders, carpenters and accredited fire door installers.
How Do I Know If I Have Fire Doors Already?
If you are unsure of whether your building or home has fire doors and would like to find out, the best way would be to look through your building approval and certificate of classification. Your building plan and specifications will have information on fire compliance. Alternatively, the local government should have a copy of the building’s approval records in their files.
What Are Fire Doors Made From?
Fire doors are more complex than standard doors. They are made up of multiple components, including the core (ours are manufactured using E-Core technology made from the vermiculite-based homogenous core), perforated plates that reinforce essential hardware, door skins and timber rails. Fire door sets can also be supplied with glazed glass view panels and fireproof relief air registers.
Do My Fire Doors Contain Asbestos?
Before 1990, many fire doors were constructed using thermal insulation—this involved asbestos-containing material (ACM) which can pose health hazards. Fire doors can be tested for asbestos by sending a sample of the core to certified testing facilities. If a door is damaged and asbestos is present, it must be removed by a certified asbestos removalist. If a fire contains asbestos that is bonded or closed, it must be entered into an asbestos register.
How Often Should I Have My Fire Doors Checked and Maintenance?
Annual and half-yearly fire door and smoke door inspections are mandatory in ensuring all doors remain compliant with the regulations set out by the Building Code of Australia.
Signage is also an important component of fire door and smoke door maintenance. You should check that the right signage accompanies each door at all times, based on the requirements for your state or the national requirements set out by the Building Code of Australia. It is the building manager’s responsibility to ensure signage is compliant at all times.
What Are The Fire Door Signage Regulations?
You can read all about Australian fire door signage regulations here.
What Are The Different Types of Fire Door Available?
FSE Special Purpose Doors fire door products include:
What Type of Fire Door Finishes Are Available?
Fire doors can be manufactured with a wide range of finishes to suit different tastes and requirements. These include MDF, pre-primed hardboard, plywood (paint grade and specialty veneers) and metal facings, pressed 4 or 6 panel, fire-retardant plastic laminates, steel and stainless steel.
Can I Change The Hardware Components on My Fire Doors?
Any changes or upgrades to fire doors must be undertaken by qualified personnel. Each component of your fire doors function to maximise its fire resistance level, and any disruption to its makeup will disrupt the fire door’s overall integrity.
Do your fire and smoke doors need extra attention?
FSE Special Purpose Doors works with residential, commercial and industrial clients throughout Australia to design, manufacture and install fire and smoke doors.
To get in touch, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us here.
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