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Fire Doors Saving Lives

The Importance of A Fire Rated Door

It cannot be overstated the importance of fire rated doors and their role in saving lives. In Australia the process of installing fire doors must be in compliance with the current national standards and requirements set out by the Building Code of Australia and the relevant Australian Standards (AS 1905.1 and AS1530.4). The lack of these doors in the building interior would give the structure a non-compliant status concerning passive fire protection and thus, won’t be allowed to do business.

The Consequences

Escaping from a structure on fire is difficult if the smoke and flames are not controlled. In worse case scenario, people can be overcome, because ordinary doors are not able to prevent smoke from spreading, even when there are no flames, people can still be rendered unconscious as they are asphyxiated from smoke. Statistically, smoke is far deadlier than flames.

This is the reason why fire proof doors are given such a high importance by building code regulations because this is where fire protection starts. Even without the aid of rescue efforts, people inside a building that is being consumed by fire, can still make their way out because there are fire exits and doors that act as a barrier for smoke, heat and flames. Without the barrier, it is easy for fire to spread and engulf everything in a few minutes, leaving nothing behind and claiming people’s lives.

These doors are considered the most significant fire safety device installed on your premises and in conjunction with other passive and active fire protection systems, will act as barriers for fire or smoke so that these elements are kept from spreading across the building. Fire doors withstand fire and smoke, to  contain in a certain compartment or room, allowing people a longer time to make their escape. This situation will also allow the fire service a better opportunity to rescue everyone who are trapped and also to control the fire. Fire rated doors  are designed to be used alongside fire extinguishers and sprinklers. It is also necessary that a fire alarm system be installed so that the door will automatically close once the alarm has set off.

Warehousing

For warehouses, the presence of fire proof doors indicates that people, machinery, products and documents are given protection in case a fire breaks out. The use of fire-proof safe or cabinets would also be essential for documents. Since fire can easily start in areas that are old and cramped, it is also a good thing that storage facilities have these doors installed in their interiors.

Most buildings that are built recently are compliant for passive fire protection. It is not an option but a regulation that has to be followed by every building owner and manager. Thus, it is also vital that you find a fire protection service that specialises in the design and installation of these doors in your locale.

Yours In Fire Safety 

Alex

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