Buildings Protect and Serve
Fires can be devastating to property and life. Thus, it is important that buildings can protect people from the sudden spread of fire. Home fires are even more deadly nowadays than before. With the proliferation of electronic gadgets and more synthetic materials being used in building structures, our homes are more susceptible to fires. This is what fire door specialists emphasised. Modern homes have been using rugs, fiber pillows, curtains and have cushioned sofas which differ from what the homes of long ago had been using such as cotton or feathers. So when a fire starts, burning is faster, hotter and more toxic than ever before. This makes spread of fire a problem and the installation of a fire rated door in strategic places would protection and assurance that there’s a way to escape the area once a fire takes hold.
Doors that are able to withstand fire for a rated period of time are essential. This will have different ratings but for smaller areas, the rating can be as low as 20 to 30 minutes. The larger the area to protect, the higher the rating should be. There are fire ratings that are as high as 120 minutes. That would give people ample time to escape. For residential areas that are occupied with many people like condominiums, apartment blocks etc.. there has to be regular inspection by fire door specialists to any fire rated door. Also, each floor should have installed doors, to not only comply to local and national regulations because people should be able to seek safety whenever they are threatened by a fire inside the structure.
Materials Burn Differently
Have you noticed the amount of homes that are made of engineered timber? They are materials that are present in many residential structures. Due to the nature of engineered timber, there is a greater risk of being consumed by fire very quickly, compared to materials that are non-combustible. Chances are greatly increased to experience a catastrophic fire, when some parts of these structures are made of timber. However, not all types of timber would burn fast as it would also depend on the size of the materials. Understandably, thinner frames would combust faster than thick frames.
Need For Inspections
Inspecting these doors can take some time. These are also inspected, for a new fire door installation, not later than 3 months, and not later than 12 months for an existing, because they can experience failures and would not be reliable in case of fire if they are not maintained properly. The inspection should be signed by a certified inspector and should be kept for reference so that the subsequent inspections will have a basis on what particular areas to carefully check as the failure can recur.
It is also a rule that is imposed by life safety and fire codes that these doors should have functioning door leafs, hardware and closing mechanisms. If they are not installed properly such as that they become damaged, replacement of these parts should also be similar fire-proof components that are supplied by certified sellers of these parts. There should be no delay in making repairs so that defects can be corrected at once.If you would like to know more regarding your obligations or require an inspection, please contact one of our expert team for advice..
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