Everyone who occupies a building or uses one for residence has the right to expect safety in case a fire breaks out.
However, this is not always the case. While some contractors might try to skimp out on costs and avoid fire doors altogether, at other times, things go wrong—casualties occur.
However, all of us should know that fire doors are actually a building’s passive requirement—they are an essential requirement for commercial buildings, factories and even some residential units.
Depending on the state you live in, local regulations might also advise fire doors for domestic environments, including:
- Where doors lead to a garage
- In flats and apartments
- In residential units where there is a habitable second floor
All the rooms in any of these situations are separated from each other to minimize spreading of fire and to protect occupants of other compartments.
The separation also allows for an easy escape route through the fire door. Therefore, along with the fire door, local codes and regulations require the walls and ceiling to be constructed with fire-resistant materials.
Here are a few commonly asked questions about fire doors that will help you realize their importance:
How Are They Different From Standard Doors?
Fire doors are designed to cut down the chances of fires spreading from one part of the building to the other. Typically, they can hold back fires for thirty minutes. This means in case a fire breaks out, the occupants have enough time to escape.
Fire doors are typically made with stronger materials and most importantly a solid core of wood composite material that burns slowly. They are also fitted with special seals that seal the door when they come into contact with heat. This further slows down the fire from spreading.
Do I Need A Fire Door?
Fire doors are essential for commercial environments like stores, hotels, and offices but are also considered important for domestic units depending on local regulations.
Most fire doors are fitted internally, but in some situations, they may be used in external applications—for instance, in a sheltered pathway.
What’s Different About Fire Door Installation?
A lot! A fire door is considered a life saving equipment and needs to be installed properly to ensure its effectiveness.
The installation is perhaps the most critical part of fire door installation. Any elements used including the seals or ironmongery should meet specific guidelines and fitting instructions provided by manufacturers.