Sometimes, household and commercial necessities can be a bit of a pain. One such object you will encounter in everyday life is the fire door. Cumbersome, heavy, and difficult to open, you might view these as more of a nuisance than a potentially life-saving device. But the importance of them cannot be overstated. If you’re wondering just ‘when and where are fire doors required?’, then stick with Firescape, as we’re about to illuminate you on these mysterious exits.
When are Fire Doors Required?
The short answer; Always. The longer one is that it is entirely dependent on the structure. One of the biggest factors is whether it is a commercial building or a domestic one. For the latter, you will only be required to have fire doors in certain circumstances, though it can be a good idea to have them installed anyway. The specifics say that if you own a house higher than two stories with a door connecting an internal garage to the house, then this must be separated for a fire door. The other situation which will require installation in a domestic dwelling is if you are living in a new or renovated building over three stories high, which includes any converted lofts. In this case, you’ll have to ensure there are fire doors installed that separate the stairs and every habitable room.
For commercial properties, the regulations are a little more stringent. All such buildings are required to have fire doors and the reasoning behind this is twofold; first, they can prevent the spread of fire throughout a building and, second, they also provide an evacuation route for anyone within. If either of these functions are compromised, then the building’s owner could face serious consequences, even a prison sentence. So, if you’re thinking of wedging your fire door open at work or have placed your bag in front of one by accident, you could find yourself in more than a spot of bother.
So, what regulations do fire doors actually have to adhere to? Well, to start, each fire door exit must have the proper signs and instructions that designate it as a fire door. It goes deeper than that though, as any the door frames or nearby furniture must be clearly identifiable from the door itself, so they can’t be the same colour schemes or be stylistically similar. Another factor to think about is that the regulations and official government guidelines are different depending on whether the escape route is horizontal or vertical, so be sure you are adhering to the correct set of rules.
Supplement Your Fire Safety Knowledge
Fire doors can be a great help in the event of ignition, offering both protection from the spreading flames and a route out from the affected building. However, they alone can’t protect you entirely from the threat of a blaze. Don’t worry, though, Firescape is on hand to help, with our range of innovative extinguishers Pan-Safe and Spray-Safe. The former is a 120ml sachet specifically designed to deal with difficult chip pan fires, while the latter is a 335ml aerosol extinguisher developed for more general use. Both are easy to carry and can fit in most kitchen draws and cabinets. If you’re on the move, you could even pop them in your glove box. What’s more, both of these products utilise Firescape’s patented formula, which is among the eco-friendliest on the planet, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals being left behind. That also means less residue to clean up, which is one less thing for you to deal with. Both have been independently tested by experts of the fire safety industry, as well as earning the seal of approval from the London Fire Brigade. If you want to try the next step in home fire safety extinguisher technology, simply head over to our site for more information.