The Vital Role Fire Doors Play in Passive Fire Protection

Every business owner is aware that they have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment for visitors and clients. This includes fire prevention and the installation of passive fire protection. Should a fire break out, internal fire doors play a vital role in stopping the spread of flames and smoke for a minimum of 30 minutes. This allows time for a safe evacuation of the building.

Why are fire doors important? The simple answer is that they save lives.

What are Fire Doors?

In order to do their work, fire doors need to create a safe barrier between the fire and designated evacuation routes. All fire doors have a fire-resistance rating which determines the length of time they will withstand flames and smoke. A fire door will normally be made of a variety of materials including steel, timber, glass, aluminium and gypsum.

The fitting of the fire door is as important as the door itself. Any gaps between the door and the wall could provide a fatal breach of the fire containment. Doors should, therefore, be sealed with firestopping materials to ensure effective fire protection. Most important, fire doors need to be kept closed at all times.

Is Your Fire Door Fit for Purpose?

Millions of fire doors are sold each year in the UK, but purchase alone isn’t a guarantee of fire prevention. If a fire door is of inferior quality, incorrectly installed, or poorly maintained, it will not be adequately protecting employees against the risk of fire. Complacency, in this case, can lead to loss of lives should a fire occur – simply because people think they’re protected when they’re not.

Fire Door Checklist

One of the dangers with fire doors is that after a while they become invisible; we simply don’t notice what kind of condition they’re in. The Wallace fire protection team has come up with a simple checklist of 8 common faults that can be carried out in any workplace:

  1. Is your fire door certified? – Certification is a 3rd party verification of the performance of your fire door
  2. Any missing screws or loose hinges?
  3. Do your doors close automatically after being opened?
  4. Are there noticeable gaps between the door and its frame?
  5. Does the glass in the door rattle?
  6. Is there any obstruction on either side of the door?
  7. Do the handles work properly?
  8. Are the seals around the door frame in good condition?

Fire doors need to be inspected regularly; every 6 months is the recommended frequency.

Working With Wallace Fire Protection

Wallace Fire Protection is a specialist provider of bespoke passive fire protection solutions to the commercial sector, the construction industry, utilities and critical infrastructure. We are proud to be one of just six licensed and approved installers of Promat DURASTEEL® across the UK.

We have the in-house capability to design, manufacture and install passive fire protection walls, ceilings, barriers, tunnels and ductwork including firestopping sealing of pipework, ductwork and cable penetrations. We supply and install high quality fire door sets.

Would you like to know more about Wallace passive fire protection design and installation? Call our specialist team today on 01908 109045