What is a Fire-Rated Door, and When Should You Use One?
There are more than 100,000 fires in nonresidential buildings each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
That's why every building owner should have a fire management plan. Yes, you should do all you can to prevent fire. But you musat also have a plan in place to stop a fire spreading if it starts.
One way to do so is with fire-rated doors. Here's what you need to know about these life-saving devices.
What are Fire-Rated Doors?
Fire-rated doors are specifically designed to stop — or, at least, stall — the spread of a blaze in a building.
These doors are often made of metal, however wood doors with gypsum or other fire rated cores are also available.
Most fire doors can withstand a blaze for anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes. This time could be vital for getting people out of the building safely or giving first responders the time to arrive and put out the fire.
You'll often find fire-rated doors in commercial buildings, as well as in dormitories, hospitals, schools, multi-unit residential buildings and hospitals. Fire rated doors are required if the doors are being installed in fire rated partitions.
When Should I Use Fire-Rated Doors?
On that note, let's talk about when and where a fire-rated door should be used.
Fire doors are required for all openings in fire rated partitions. Stairwells, demising walls and any corridor walls are all typical applications. Certain types or rooms or storage areas also require fire rated door such as electrical closets, janitorial closets, chemical storage areas etc.
But fire doors are required for safety. Installing fire doors at every entrance to a building's emergency stairwells ensures that occupants will have enough time to reach the exit and get out to safety.
So, if you're outfitting a commercial space, then you should definitely make fire doors a part of your plan. If you're not sure where to install them, then ask the experts. They can help you decide where fire doors would be the most effective in stopping a blaze from tearing through your property.
On the residential front, fire doors are required in multi-unit buildings at suitre entrance s, garage access points and stairwells as well as for electrical closets, garbage rooms and other code related areas requiring fire doors.
Ultimately, though, fire-rated doors can provide peace of mind, whether you're securing a commercial or residential property. So, if you have the instinct to add one or more, then do so.
Who Can Supply My Fire-Rated Doors?
Now that you've decided that you do, indeed, want fire-rated doors added to your building, it's time to figure out who will do the job for you.
Remac Door & Hardware can supply fire doors in Mississauga and Toronto that comply with local building codes and standards. So, if you're in the area, call us today. Together, we can get started on your plan for protecting your property from a fire with the help of a few new doors.