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Fire Doors Frequently Asked Questions

March 8, 2023 Steve Sherbourne

Fire doors are an essential safety feature in any building. They are designed to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout a structure, providing extra time for occupants to evacuate safely. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about fire doors:

Q. What is a fire door?
A. A fire door is a type of door that helps to prevent the spread of fire and smoke between compartments in buildings. It is designed with fire-resistant materials and may be fitted with fire-proof seals, hinges, and mechanisms to help provide increased fire protection. Fire doors are usually used in corridors, stairwells, and other areas.

Q. Who needs a fire door?
A. Fire doors are required for most buildings and commercial spaces, as mandated by the building code or law. In the UK, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that fire doors must be installed and maintained to ensure safe passage in the event of a fire. Depending on local building codes, other types of buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and factories, may also require fire doors.

Q. Do homes need fire doors?
A. Fire doors are not typically required in residential dwellings, but some homeowners may opt to install them for added safety and protection. In particular, homes with multiple levels or large floor plans may benefit from using fire doors as a precautionary measure.

Q. What does a fire door do?
A. Fire doors are designed to limit the spread of fire, smoke, and heat. When closed, they form a physical barrier that helps to contain flames and constrict smoke in one area. This can buy occupants time to evacuate the building or seek help while providing an extra layer of safety.

Q. What is fire door certification?
A. Fire door certification is a process that ensures fire doors meet the fire safety regulations in the UK. It involves testing fire doors to make sure they are fire-resistant, have been properly installed and maintained, and can provide adequate fire protection. Fire door certification is carried out by qualified fire safety experts who will issue a certificate of compliance where applicable.

Q. How often should fire doors be inspected?
A. Fire doors must be inspected at least once a year by a fire safety expert or qualified engineer. This helps to ensure fire doors are still fire-resistant and compliant with fire safety regulations. Regular maintenance and inspection of fire doors are essential for maintaining fire protection on any premises.

Q. Are fire doors expensive?
A. The cost of fire doors varies depending on the type and size of fire door required. Generally, fire doors are an affordable option for fire protection in buildings and can be found at a variety of price points to meet different budget requirements.

Q. What materials are fire doors made from?
A. Fire doors are typically made from fire-resistant materials such as steel, fireboard, and fire-rated glass. These materials help to provide fire protection by preventing the spread of fire and smoke between compartments in buildings.

Q. What is the best way to maintain fire doors?
A. Regular maintenance of fire doors is essential for ensuring fire protection. This includes checking fire doors for wear and tear, making sure fire door locks are working properly, and replacing fire-resistant seals if they become damaged or worn. Additionally, fire doors should be inspected at least once a year by a qualified fire safety expert to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.

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