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Fire doors are an essential part of managing commercial properties. They are the most important safety device in a fire to give occupants time to evacuate and for emergency personnel to arrive. Fire doors are designed to withstand fire for up to 30 minutes, so it is important to know building safety regulations when installing fire doors.

What are Fire Doors?

Fire doors consist of more than just the door and include the framing, glazing, hinges, and locks on and around the door. They are important safety devices, designed to protect people and property from damage by breaking the progression of the fire. 

A fire door should be made by a BWF certified manufacturer and then checked by an accredited third party to verify that it can withstand fire up to the regulated 30 minutes.

Features of a Fire Door

An improperly made fire door won’t function properly as a safety device, materials, in particular have to be tested for compliance. Materials for the door include:

  • Timber
  • Glass (glazed in fire-resistant materials such as ceramic)
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Gypsum

Used in the right ways, with properly tested ironmongery, these doors can withstand high temperatures. They should be CE Marked to show they’ve been compliance tested. 

The correct installation is essential for the door to work properly. The intumescent seal around the door is only effective at stopping smoke and heat when the gap around the door is 4mm or less. They should be equipped with a self-closing device, making it dangerous to prop one open as it renders them completely ineffective. 

Does your Fire Door meet Regulation?

In a study conducted by FDIS, 75% of fire doors were deemed as not fit for purpose. Fire doors can be a matter of life or death for the occupants within the building. It is important for property managers to make sure their fire doors meet regulations. 

So whether you need to install a new fire door or check if your existing fire door meets regulations our technicians at First Intervention Team can inspect your fire doors to guarantee that they will keep your occupants safe. Contact us through our website, or by calling 01375 676779 today. 

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