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Here’s Why You Need To Install Fire Doors

Whilst not always a topic we’re keen to talk about, fire safety is absolutely crucial in the design of any new buildings; after all, people who occupy a building expect to be safe and sound in case a fire breaks out. And to ensure that there are no mishaps, as business owners you need to have fire doors installed across the property. 

Simply put, installing fire doors is equal to saving lives. These doors are a part of a property’s ‘passive’ fire protection protocol making them obligatory for offices, public buildings and factories. 

Fire doors are designed to keep the fire and smoke from spreading for a certain amount of time. This helps with the following essential functions:

  • Protecting escape routes for safe evacuation
  • Protecting the property and the contents within for insurance purposes
  • Assist firefighters in extinguishing the fire in a safe and sound manner

Where Should I Install Fire Doors?

Commercial buildings must have protected escape routes that are clearly specified with the help of signs. If these routes lead to staircases and corridors, having fire doors installed here would be preferable. 

Containing fires by compartmentalising it is one of the key functions of fire doors. This keeps the fire and smoke from spreading from one place to another. This tells us that these doors are usually installed in areas that are at a high-risk. For instance, storage areas with combustible goods, kitchens and boiler rooms are ideal for fire door installation. 

Fire Doors vs Other Doors

Fire doors are designed specifically to resist and contain fire and smoke. This in itself places them in a league apart from other regular doors. 

To give you an idea of how different fire doors really are, we’ve mentioned some key attributes below. 

  • Fire doors are comparatively heavier than regular doors as they’re made of composite resistant material. This makes them fairly difficult to open and close.
  • To make these doors shut automatically, they need to have a door closer fixed.
  • Fire doors come with seals fitted snugly around the edges. These tend to expand when exposed to heat to help block any gaps in between.
  • If there are windows attached to these doors, they have to be glazed for fire-resistance.
  • Every component of the door has to be fire-resistant for optimal performance.

How long do Fire Doors Have to Resist Fire?

FD30 is the most commonly installed fire door and it is designed to fend off the fire for at least 30 minutes. FD60 doors are also available and they’re designed to resist fire for at least 60 minutes. Both the doors have fully tested seals installed that resist and contain the smoke as well.

You should know that fire doors are subjected to a furnace test by using the time-temperature aspect. The certifications are provided as proof of the authenticity of its resistance.

However, in case of a real fire, how long will these doors actually hold up will depend on a number of elements. Factors like the ratio of fire to door orientation, the reason behind what caused the burning and the extent of energy release will combine to decide the level of fire resistance in real-time. 

For instance, fire doors installed might fail sooner in case of a breakout or they might end up standing through the worse cases of fire.

So it will really depend on the nature of your business and the contents stored within to decide how fire-prone your property really is. Additionally, the expert installers and specifiers at Doorway Services will be able to help you make a better and safe choice.

Performing Routine Checks and Repairs

You need to conduct routine fire door checks to ensure that they’re ready in case of an emergency. The slightest change in any element of the door can impact its performance. Every six months or so, make it a point to call in the servicing specialists at Doorway Services. If your building receives moe foot traffic, conduct checks more often.

Give us a call today to know how you can make your building more safe and fire compliant.

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The 3 Types of Doors Every Care Home Needs

Adult care homes in the UK have been on the rise to serve the ever-increasing needs of our older population. As people age, it becomes consistently harder to cater to all their needs which is why care homes are often the perfect alternative to home-based care. But old age homes come with their own set of challenges. A great number of the elderly population suffers from Dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons. This means that the care home premises need to have top-notch safety and security measures in place to ensure that the residents within do not wander off on their own. 

This includes having adequate and well-trained staff on board to keep a close eye on people entering and exiting the care home premises. 

The types of doors installed at various points of entry is a brilliant way to safeguard the premises from both internal and external factors.

Robust and sturdy doors for care homes should be an integral aspect of your plan for a safe and secure property. 

This is why at Doorway Services, we’ve highlighted the 3 types of doors that every care home needs!

1. Fire Doors

 

You can never be too prepared in case of fire breakouts and care homes are no exception. Fire doors should be a part of both residential and commercial premises so that intense fires can be contained and the affected building can be evacuated. 

The simple truth is that fire doors save lives. They’re made to contain fire and smoke from spreading for a certain time period which can be used to:

  • Safeguard escape routes so people within care homes can safely vacate the premises. 
  • Safeguard the property and the contents within (for insurance purposes)
  • Let firefighters tackle the fire as safely and quickly as possible. 

Add smoke alarms and fire extinguishers to the mix and your care home will be at the peak of safety. Fire door maintenance and repair has to be taken up regularly to ensure they’re in top-notch condition as they’re integral to the health and safety of a premise. 

At Doorway Services, we’ll help you ensure that the fire doors in your care home are always functioning at the highest standard. 

2. Automatic Doors

 

The older population in care homes might not be able to manually open and close heavyset doors. This is where automatic doors come into the picture. What’s more, these are available in both swing and slide alternatives so you can take your pick. 

Having automatic doors installed in care homes and other commercial premises is applicable by law as well. According to the ‘Disability and Discrimination Act Part 3, Provision of Services’ enforced on 1st October 2004 – service providers have to make “reasonable adjustments” in their premises to make sure that people with disability are able to access the premises. 

This means elderly people and people with disabilities should be able to enter and exit premises freely and in a safe way. Care homes provide a service to the elderly which directly makes the law applicable to them. 

And the best way to ensure that the elderly can enter and exit a premise without any assistance is by installing automatic doors from Doorway Services.

3. Password Protected Automatic Doors

 

As mentioned earlier, the elderly in care homes may suffer from ailments like dementia. They might wander off sometimes without being able to find their way back and this concern in care homes is ever-present. 

To remedy this, care homes can install password protected automatic doors to ensure that the patients in the premise don’t ever lose their way. Unless a member of staff punches in the password, they won’t be able to get out of their respective wards. This way, care home personnel will be able to keep tabs on the whereabouts of every resident while ensuring they don’t wander away and hurt themselves. 

Password protected automatic doors are perhaps an easy and effective way to protect care homes from break-ins. So, if you’re wondering how you could up your game and make your premises more secure, password-protected doors are the answer!

At Doorway Services, we provide an extensive range of robust commercial doors perfect for care homes. What’s more, we can customise each door as per your individual requirements while also providing routine maintenance checks and repairs

Give us a call today and make your care homes safe and secure for its inhabitants!