Fire doors are an important component of passive fire protection systems. They are designed to resist the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases through a building and provide a safe means of escape for occupants. Fire doors work by compartmentalizing the building, creating fire-resistant barriers between different areas.
Fire doors are typically made of materials that have good fire resistance, such as timber, steel, or glass. They are also equipped with fire-resistant seals around the edges, which expand when exposed to heat, forming an effective barrier against smoke and flames.
To ensure that fire doors are compliant, they must be installed, inspected, and maintained according to the relevant standards and regulations. This includes certification, correct installation, maintenance, seals and hardware and correct useage.
Fire Doors - Install and Maintenance
Fire compartmentation is a method of passive fire protection that involves dividing a building into separate compartments or sections, each with its own fire-resistant walls and doors. The purpose of fire compartmentation is to contain fires within a specific area, limiting their spread and allowing occupants to evacuate safely.
The effectiveness of fire compartmentation depends on the quality of the materials used in the construction of the walls and doors and the degree to which the barriers are sealed against smoke and fire. The walls and doors must meet specific fire resistance standards and be installed correctly to create an effective barrier.
Fire compartmentation is essential in all types of buildings, but it is particularly critical in high-rise buildings, hospitals, care homes, schools, and other buildings where large numbers of people gather. Building owners and managers must ensure that fire compartmentation is properly designed, installed, and maintained to protect occupants and prevent the spread of fire in the event of an emergency.