If you’re serious about keeping your commercial building fire safe, you need fire doors. Make sure you understand their proper use and purpose — in this article, we’ll be explaining what you need to know.
Why you need fire doors
When there’s a fire, everyone inside the building has a limited amount of time to reach the exit. With fire doors, the rate of the spread of the fire can be confined to a restricted area for a greater amount of time.
Not only does this give everyone more time to escape and controls the blaze until fire services arrive, but it can also free up alternative escape routes which may have otherwise been completely cut off from access. As everyone knows, fire is inherently destructive. It can spread and get out of control fast.
It should also be noted that fire doors are legally required in certain properties such as flats and commercial offices. While this is a reason that you need fire doors, this law only reflects their fantastic ability to save lives when an emergency strikes. And hopefully, this is your biggest incentive to get them installed!
How to use fire doors
Fire doors don’t have the same role as your standard interior doors and require a little more care and attention to use them properly.
Make sure you keep fire doors closed at all times. When a fire breaks out, no one will be able to run around the building closing all the fire doors. As they can only do their job if they’re closed, keeping them propped open all day long is a big no-no. Make sure they fully close after you walk through them and watch to see them close onto the latch.
Keep an eye out for signs of damage to your building’s fire doors. Seals should be intact, hinges should be firmly fixed, and gaps around the tops and sides of the doors should be less than 4mm when the door is closed.
How we can help
At JNR, we take your fire safety requirements seriously. As one of the largest independent fire protection companies in the UK, we offer a comprehensive range of fire stopping services.
We’ll work closely with you to ensure your walls, rooves, floors, service risers and voids retain their fire resistance. Contact us today to chat about the most cost-effective solution for you or see our case studies.