Fire-Rated Doors: What They Are And How They Save Lives

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Many places of business are required to have fire-rated doors throughout the facility.

The location and requirements vary depending on the state or municipality you’re located in, but the requirement for fire doors and breaks is universal, in one form or another, throughout the country.

While death and property loss in fires is trending downward, thanks to increased safety measures, fires still lead to billions of dollars in property damage and thousands of deaths each year in the US.

If you need to install or replace fire doors in your facility, you may be wondering what exactly you need and the different types of fire-rated doors available.

Keep reading for a closer look at fire doors.

What Are Fire-Rated Doors?

As the name implies, a fire door is a door that resists fire. While they’re not fire-proof, these doors are designed to slow the spread of a fire.

Fire doors maintain firewall ratings. By slowing the spread of fire and smoke, personnel have more time to safely get out of the building. Firefighters also have more time to put the fire out — minimizing property damage and loss of life.

A lot of fire doors are also designed to close automatically in the event of a fire. This also helps the spread of the fire by blocking off parts of your facility and letting the fire door do its job.

Besides smaller, conventional doors, many fire doors slide or operate on rollers, allowing the facility to quickly close large areas to the spread of fire.

How Fire-Rated Doors Save Lives–And Property

Like we mentioned above, fire doors are designed to slow the spread of fire, allowing personnel to escape in the event of a fire. This also gives fire suppression systems and firefighters more time to extinguish the blaze, preserving more of your facility and assets.

One important thing to note here is that fire doors must remain closed if a fire occurs. They must also be kept in good working condition, with all components intact, in order to do their job in a fire.

Choosing the Right Fire Doors

Ultimately, the fire doors you choose will need to meet local codes and requirements. Your insurance provider may also have their own set of requirements.

Fire-rated doors typically come rated in specific time increments. These increments range from as low as 20 minutes, up to 3 hours.

A fire door’s rating is typically based on the lowest rated component in the door. So, if the door’s knob can only withstand 20 minutes of fire exposure, but other components of the door can hold up much longer, the door will only be given the lower 20-minute rating despite the other components.

All fire doors should carry a certified safety rating label. The label should state that the door has been tested and meets the stated rating for which it is certified.

Putting It All Together

Installing the right fire doors in your facility provides several layers of protection for your business.

Fire doors protect your facility along with your personnel and assets.

To ensure that you have the right fire doors for your facility, contact us today.

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