Fire doors are an essential component of any building’s safety and fire prevention system. There are many different types and uses for fire doors. Businesses should be aware of the rules and uses for each type of fire door. There are two main types of doors. One is designed to stop the spread of fire, and one is used for fire escapes. A door can also be fitted in high risk areas, such as those that contain sensitive equipment or substances.
Fire doors slow or stop the spread fire. They should be fitted to prevent smoke from spreading. The standard model doors offer either a 30-minute or 60 minute protection period for escape and rescue. 60-minute doors can be recommended for areas that are sensitive or at high risk. You may want to put locks in these areas to prevent access by unauthorised staff. Door with 30-minute protection are best for corridors and offices. Fire protection doors function in the same way. They stop air from reaching a fire and slow it down. They are useless if left open. This is why automatic door closes are commonly fitted to these doors. Other automated systems include push-button doors that open automatically when they are activated.
Fire exits should always be visible to stop fire spreading and smoke from escape routes. To facilitate escape, those located on escape routes from buildings need to open outward. For example, internal fire doors can be opened in one or both directions. Fire doors located in long corridors may legally open either direction. Extern doors for escape can still be locked. However, emergency personnel must be able to open them in an emergency. There are many ways to do this. A pushbar can be attached to the door, which allows anyone inside the building access to the fire exit and unlock it quickly. You can either use electronic systems to unlock the doors after the fire alarm has been triggered, or you can store a key in the glass box right next to the door.
Propped open fire doors are the leading cause of failure. However, automatic doors can help you avoid this but they are not foolproof. Door retainers, which can be used to close the door automatically if the fire alarm goes off, are another alternative. Different systems will work for different buildings. Sometimes, you will need a combination. Fire doors must be used in accordance with the law. Not only is it important to avoid prosecution but can also save lives.