Anywhere we find ourselves, so long as it is a building, we will have to discuss fire doors. These are large metallic doors that are designed to stop fire spreading inside a building. These doors have proven to be effective at foiling potential fire outbreaks when they are used appropriately. However, most people still don’t know how these doors work, as well as not knowing the most recent fire door regulations Australian standards.
It is important to know the difference between fire exits and fire doors. According to its name, fire exits are designed to usher people from within a building to outside the building. They are mostly kept open whenever there is a fire incidence so that occupants of the building can pass without any hindrance. Fire exits mustn’t be resistant to fire.
In stark contrast, fire doors are designed to withstand fires and stop them from spreading within a building. Fire doors are expected to shut themselves automatically in the event of a fire. Not only that, they also need to have a seal on their edges, good enough to cover any gaps where the fire can pass through. They are also expected to remain closed 24 hours of the day.
Fire doors are relatively heavy because that is how they can serve their purpose. They are like that because they have to be fire-resistant and also ensure a cool temperature within the enclosed space even when the approaching fire is producing massive heat.
Anytime a building design is ongoing, fire doors need to be taken into account. One of the jobs of the fire door is to compartmentalize a building into distinct sections. The goal is to limit the possibility of fire getting to that compartment. There are two types of fire doors – Sole Occupancy Unit Fire Rating Level -/60/30, and Common Property Fire Door -/120/30.
According to the BCA (Building Code of Australia), only fire safety consultants that are qualified are permitted to handle fire door inspections. For the Common Property Fire Doors, inspections should be done once in six months. But, for the Sole Occupancy Unit Fire Doors, their inspection should be done once a year.
According to fire door regulations Australian standards, deadbolts are not allowed on fire doors. Deadbolts do not allow doors to latch on their own. The standards also specifies that no gaps should exist between a fire door and its containing frames, because that compartment can be easily breached if fire passes through such spaces.
Lastly, the fire door regulations Australian standards also stipulate that a fire door must have signs like ‘Fire Door – Do Not Obstruct – Do Not Keep Open.’ Signs like that should be pasted on the door, while exit doors should carry such signs inside and outside.
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