The 7 reasons you need a fire door
Fire doors are extremely important in protecting your buildings and the people that occupy them, in the unexpected event of a fire. Here are 7 great reasons why you need a proper fire-rated door for your buildings:
Fire-rated doors are an intrinsic part of every Fire Protection model and serve to keep people safe if a fire occurs. Fire doors work to stop fire and smoke from spreading quickly and entering isolated areas, such as fire exits and corridors, where people could become trapped. In this way, a fire door is the most important protective measure for saving lives during a fire.
2. Building Preservation
Fire-rated doors are also vital in protecting a building, preventing fire (and smoke) from spreading throughout the structure and causing extensive and costly building damage.
Hinged fire doors and sliding fire doors will also stop a fire from transferring to adjacent buildings, properties, or environments. If this were to occur, the effects could be devastating, causing further damage to other buildings and also harming lives, animals, and vegetation. Simply put, fire-doors minimise potential damages and ensure peace of mind.
3. Fire Management for Multi-Storey Buildings
In the incidence of a fire, specialised temperature-rise fire rated doors will also limit the transfer of heat from the fire, meaning the other side of the fire door won’t be affected.
These types of doors can be common in multi-story buildings or buildings with ‘horizontal’ exits. This is important in upholding the safety of occupants and means they can reach fire exits safely, even when the fire is located on the floor above them.
4. Australian Compliance
Apart from its safety benefits, you might also have a legal requirement to install one. Australia has strict and specific legislation in regard to fire doors in all states.
As a designer, architect, builder, installer, or owner, it is very important to ensure that all fire-rated doors and frames comply with Australian (and state) regulations in relation to thickness, material, framing, configuration, entry/exit requirements, and door signage.
To do so means gaining the right certificates, avoiding serious penalties, and generally providing a safe and reliable environment for your clients/occupants.
If you are unsure about the fire door regulations in your state, consult the Australian Building Codes Board or contact FSE Special Purpose Doors. We’ll be more than happy to assist, making sure you, your people, and your building is as safe as possible.
5. Easy Exits
Fire doors also make it easy for people to escape a building if a fire occurs. All doors should be clearly marked with the correct signage, making it simple for people to identify where to go in the event of a fire. Fire doors should also swing shut automatically, so your escape can be as quick as possible.
6. Comprehensive Fire Protection
Fire-rated doors are just one component of a comprehensive fire protection plan that you should adopt for all of your buildings. Fire exits are extremely important in protecting both people and the building and it is crucial that the correct fire-rated doors contribute significantly to your protection system.
The other elements of your fire protection plan can include smoke and fire alarms (automatic/manual), fire extinguishers, fire hoses, fire exit/evacuation maps, and the correct fire door signage. Owners should also conduct fire/First-Aid training and drills and regular internal audits to ensure fire exits remain clear at all times.
Aside from safety, FSE Special Purpose doors can custom design a fire door fit for your acoustic requirements. Have a loud machine in your workspace? Not a worry, fire doors are capable of providing effective acoustic insulation.
For inquiries or assistance about custom fire doors for your building, feel free to contact FSE Special Purpose Doors here, or call +61 2 9905 8222. We can supply and deliver fire doors to any location throughout Australia.
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