A fire door prevents the spread of fire and reduces the passage of smoke- for a certain time period- between different parts of a structure and enables safe exit from a building. Fire resistance rating of a fire door, specifies the time period, a fire door can prevent the spread of fire between different compartments of a building.
Fire doors are tested and certified in accredited laboratories that simulates the conditions of a real fire. According to the performance of the door during the test, the notified body (here the laboratory) issues a fire rating certificate for the tested door.
There are different norms that specifies the testing methods and acceptance criteria. The most accepted norms all over the world are EN and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
Simply, the fire doors save lives of people during a fire. Fire doors which have vital safety features can be a fine line between life and death. Moreover, as fire door stops the spread of fire, it also reduces the destructive economic affects of a fire.
There are several key features to look out for fire doors:
Fire doors are made up of various components:
The building owners or manager or people who are responsible for fire safety should find the Fire Door Check Guide below invaluable.
This advice is simplified and for general purposes only. If in doubt, you should always refer to the documentation of the door, and if there is any concern, we recommend that someone competent is engaged to inspect the fire door.
We would like to finish this blog with a striking expert view.
Fire doors are a crucial first line of defence in many of these fires, and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. Fire doors are often the first thing to be downgraded in a specification, mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.
Wish you all readers a healthy and safe life.