FIRE DOORS

Fire and smoke doors are designed to cut off a fire and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the building, giving time for the occupants to evacuate. East Coast Fire and Safety test, maintain and install new fire doors in buildings to Australian Standards where necessary. Fire doors are required to meet the regulations of fire safety, accessibility, ventilation, thermal efficiency, safety glazing and other factors during testing. Fire doors are tested from both sides to determine stability should a fire break out. These doors require a specialised locking system.

This system allows occupants of the building to easily escape to another room and out of the building entirely during the event of an emergency. We can install a range of these locking devices, providing complete security and fire safety protection for a site while sticking to compliance. In most buildings, these are a legal requirement because of its purpose in saving lives and stopping the potential threat of flames to other areas of the building and those neighbouring it.

There is a range of doors that can be selected for installation, depending on what would best suit the particular building and its needs. This range includes welded security doors, cast security doors, security mesh doors and security shutters. Depending on what the door and protection screen are made of will impact how long it can prevent the spread of a fire. An important component in fire doors is the intumescent strip or seal. This runs along the edge of the door, meeting the door frame when closed. This strip assists in the entrapment of smoke on the fire side of the door, preventing it from spreading to other areas of a building, as well as keeping the flames on that side of the door. This seal expands when there is a fire. This adds extra protection and prevention by completely sealing the extra gaps around the door.

Frequently encountered faults:

Some frequently encountered faults with fire doors include, but is not limited to:

  • Corrosion. This can be around the handles, hinges, seals, doorways or the door itself.
  • Damaged hinges and seals. If the door is unable to open or close correctly due to a fault in the hinges or the seals than the effective prevention of the fire spreading and proper functions will be decreased.
  • Incorrect signage. Doors should be displaying the correct signage at all times so that occupants can easily establish that those are the emergency exits or protective screens.
  • The door is obstructed. If there is anything in the way of the door during the event of an emergency than the door will be unable to complete its proper duty. This obstruction can include any furniture, boxes, people, etc.

Testing must be conducted every six (6) months to ensure they are in proper working condition. East Coast Fire and Safety can test and perform maintenance on any fire doors that you have on site to make sure that they comply with safety standards and are properly functioning in the case of an emergency. Contact us to learn more!

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