Most of us have seen a fire door at some point in our lifetime though probably not noticed it - Learn more about Fire Doors.
If you have had the opportunity to handle a fire door you may have noted its obvious heaviness compared to a regular interior door. This is due to the dense fire retardant core material. In visual terms, Fire doors do not differ from standard doors and are essential to provide fire safety on a building. Many people don’t fully understand the actual functions of a fire door and when it is required. Here you can learn more about this safety element in a building.
Fire doors form a part of the Passive fire protection system, a structure that is in place in order to potentially contain fires when they break out, or slow down how quickly they spread. Part B of the Building Regulations establishes requirements for fire protection in houses and buildings including requirements for the use of fire doors.
When is a fire door required?
Buildings other than dwellings such as offices, factories, etc.
Access to protected corridors used as a means of escape must be protected from fire by the use of Fire Doors.
The front door of a flat that is entered via a communal area is required to be a fire protected door. Similarly within the flat the escape route needs to be protected by fire doors unless other alternative egress is provided.
3 storey new build houses
Any new build 3 storey houses should have fire resistant doors on every room that is used as a living area and leads off the staircase.
Similarly to the requirement above loft conversions that are deemed habitable to a two storey building need to have a fire door to protect it from the rest of the house should a fire break out and vice versa.
Garages that connect to the house need to have a fire door fitted to ensure protection from fire.
What do fire doors actually do?
Contain fires & protects occupants of the building
If a fire breaks out in a room that has a fire door, it will be contained in that room for a period of time depending on the fire door rating (usually 30 minutes). This restricts and delays the spread of fire to other parts of the building and adjacent buildings, thus giving time for occupants to vacate the building and emergency services to attend the fire before it spreads.
How does a fire door work?
Fire doors are made from layers of various materials all of which work together to make a safe door that protects from fire.
Doors come at different grades and each one will be rated by how long it can hold up against the fire before disintegration. When a Fire Door is purchased a fire rating is provided ensuring that the door adheres to Building Regulations. Installation should be carried out by approved contractors and according to certification.
At XL Joinery, we have a wide range of interior fire doors that blend in like normal interior doors, allowing you to benefit from both the safety and design of our collection. Our doors are half hour fire rated and when fitted correctly provide you with peace of mind that you will be safe in the unfortunate event of a fire.
Visit www.xljoinery.co.uk to view our collection of fire resistant doors or contact us on 01924 350 501 to request a catalogue.