When my house was renovated in the 1970s they replaced the beautiful old doors with cheap plywood doors. I wanted to replace our current doors with some feature doors that help to emphasise the beautiful dimensions of our house while allowing us to make the most of the light and warmth in the different rooms. I have compared options with a range of different doors before making my final decision. This blog talks about our project to select new doors in our home and I hope it will be useful to other people who are trying a similar project and replacing their internal doors.
Fire doors are made to prevent fires and smoke from spreading to other rooms and withstand high pressure that results when air is heated. They can be installed in both residential and commercial premises, but you may find that they are mostly installed in commercial premises, especially where there is a high fire risk. This does not mean that if there is no fire risk you shouldn't install a fire door; you might find that it may be required by law to install fire doors to safeguard the lives of your employees, and these fire doors should meet particular rules and regulations, which are inspected regularly.
Purchasing Fire Doors
Don't purchase a fire door without the help of a fire door specialist. You might not know about the important considerations made when buying fire doors. Examples of these considerations include:
Fire-resistance rating, which may also be referred to as fire protection rating
All fire doors must pass through fire protection testing. This is the process of exposing a fire door to conditions that mimic a real fire scenario to see how long it takes for damage to occur. This period is recorded in minutes or hours; that is why you might find different time readings on fire doors. This is the fire-resistance rating, defined as the time it takes for a fire door to start getting damaged during a fire.
Fire door automation
Some fire doors have an automated feature that is connected to fire and smoke detectors. Once these detectors sense fire or smoke, they trigger an alarm and also the fire door to close.
Such fire doors also go through an extra stage of fire testing where the automated feature is tested. These fire doors pass the test if they shut as they are expected to upon fire or smoke detection.
Rules and Regulations Governing Fire Doors
The law requires that all fire doors and fire door frames be marked with compliance tags. The compliance tag contains details like the manufacturer's name, date of manufacture and the fire-resistant rating.
The law also requires that all fire doors be installed following Australian Standards, particularly the Australian Standard AS 1905. These standards highlight the dos and don'ts related to fire doors. They also help guarantee that counterfeit doors are kept away from the market. You can think of it as a way of protecting consumers from inferior fire doors, which can lead to fire injuries and damage.
For more information, contact a fire testing service.