Fire rated doors
Fire rated doors and frames :
Doors play a most important role in the fire protection of a building; they allow people to evacuate safely from a building along with limiting the spread of fire and smoke to other areas.Fire rated Doors require special materials and sealing to provide damage security when needed. In applications where fire is a threat the capabilities of fire rated doors can keep fire and smoke out of other occupied areas of the building to minimize risk of more extensive damage. Our skilled technicians are trained to properly fix and add fire doors so that people in your building can exit safely while limiting the spread of smoke and fire.Door manufacturers have regulatory testing to be certified as “fire worthy” for certain lengths of time and different types of fires. NFPA 80 rated doors are often required in commercial buildings for safety requirements. Whether it’s an industrial or commercial application fire risk can be a concern for safety of human life. Preparing for emergencies with fire doors is an excellent way to slow the spread of fire, potentially saving lives. Industrial applications that generate smoke or fumes can also be tamed with fire rated doors to minimize discomfort for employees.
The added insulation and sealing of a fire door can improve working condition in many manufacturing environments by minimizing odors, fumes, or heat transfer between building areas. Doors can also be triggered to automatically shut in the presence of extreme heat or the slightest detection of smoke with motorized operation and sensing equipment. Doors play a very important role in the fire resistance of a building; they allow people to evacuate safely from a building along with limiting the spread of fire and smoke to other areas. If a frame bears a recognized label qualifying it as a fire door frame, it may support doors rated 3 hours or less. Choosing the right rolling fire door for a specific application can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.
When the door is not properly latched in its frame it loses its effectiveness. When they are not properly maintained they are of no value during a fire, making the design and purpose of the door obsolete. All fire rated doors and frames must be equipped with labels indicating they have met all testing requirements. The label must be provided by a certified testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratory [ UL ] . It may be embossed or mechanically fastened to the door itself. Labels must indicate the door’s fire rated duration such as 90 minutes and may not be painted over or tampered with in any way. Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed or otherwise made inoperable.
Fire doors provide the following functions:
- Provide safe egress from a fire area during a fire
- Inhibit the fire from spreading throughout the building
- Protect life and property by reducing smoke hazards
- Serve as a regular door pathway at all times