A Simple construction that could save your life –
- An inner door leaf which features a Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) 480g/m3 core which is a highly engineered multi layered board which is clad each side with 2mm GRP decorative facing.
- Intumescent strips which foam and swell in the event of fire, thus filling the gap between the door and frame preventing the flow of hot gases and smoke.
- A choice of door closers – the traditional surface closer or the Powermatic concealed door closer.
- Pyrodur fire re-resistant glass features throughout the Fire door range Pyrodur fire resistant glass is tested and approved according to BS 476: Part 22 for both integrity and insulation.
A correctly constructed fire door could just save your life
We see the sign in every walk of life “Fire Door” normally with a warning about keeping it closed at all times and what do we do, we simply take it for granted – but fire doors are put in their respective positions for a purpose and that purpose is not to STOP fires it is a CONTAINMENT measure to prevent the spread of flames and smoke and allow as safe as possible an exit from the building.
The use of and positioning of Fire Doors in buildings is governed by the legal requirements as set out in the Building Regulations should you wish to check out all of the requirements applicable to fire doors they are available at –www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/BR_PDF_ADB1_2006.pdf , the guidance note requires that a building is divided into compartments, protecting escape routes, such as corridors and staircases and that protection is to be provided by Fire Doors
All of the above are the very reasons why Fire doors should never be propped open and should be fitted with Door Closers (that work, have not been disconnected etc.)
The rate at which a fire door will withstand the spread of fire is determined by their Fire rating – FD 30 = 30 minutes – FD 60 = one hour
Any genuine Fire Door (and there are those available that are not what they say they are) should carry a certificate like the one above showing that it has been tested and approved by an independent certifying testing laboratory who have been approved to carry out testing for conformity with regulations and who have the authority to issue such certification.
The latest fire door definitions include an “s” after the FD 30 i.e. FD30Swhich shows that not only does the door meet fire testing requirements it is compliant compliance smoke test requirements for up to 30 minutes (FD30s) in the case of Global Doors the smoke test is issued by Warrington Exova and independently assessed by Certifire (CF5324)
If it has not got a genuine conformance certificate it is probably not a credible fire door – to find genuine testing laboratories simply type “fire door testing laboratories” into your browser and you will find the main suppliers of this service.
With the advent of the composite door the appearance of the typical FD30 fire door has changed dramatically, it is no longer a simple flush door that requires painting – it has evolved to become a door that comes in as many patterns as the composite front door comes in styles in the case of our Global doors there are sixteen of them so they are ideal for internal apartment entry doors particularly when they look as good as this.
When you purchase your FD 30 rated fire door from Global Door the price it comes with all the required accreditation – All fire doors have been tested to BS 476 Part 22, and subject to the Q-Mark enhanced security scheme. Each door in the range is manufactured to a high level of security and complies with PAS023/PAS024 security accreditation as well as Secure by Design (SBD) requirements.
Only be purchasing a third party certified door can you be sure that you are purchasing the knowledge and reassurance that it is a fully tested, un compromised fire door