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Fire doors are a quintessential component of fire safety for any multi-storey residential or commercial building. All fire doors in Melbourne, or installed Australia-wide, must be compliant with Australian Standards (AS1905.1). As for fire door maintenance, AS1851 outlines that sliding fire doors should be inspected at least once every three months, hinged fire doors and smoke doors inspected every six months, and fire rated access panels inspected annually.
These routine inspections must also be carried out by a trained fire safety technician. To ensure that your fire safety doors and other fire safety equipment maintain compliance with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia, building managers and owners are encouraged to enlist the expert assistance of dedicated fire safety technicians like those on our team here at Alexon. If you’re looking for fire door installation or to maintain a modern and up-to-date fire door for your residential or commercial building in Melbourne, then Alexon will be your premier local provider of this service as well as many other fire safety services.
Contact our team of expert fire safety technicians at 1300 001 004 today to get the ball rolling on your fire safety door installation.
Inspect and test
As with all fire protection equipment, the installation of all fire doors in Australia must be compliant with AS1905.1.2015. The Australian Standard states that the clearance between your fire door and its frame should be no greater than 3mm at its head, and that the clearance between the bottom of the door and floor level should be no greater than 10mm, and that the fire rating of your fire safety door should be displayed on the door itself.
Once your fire door installation is complete, our technicians will provide certification and affix metal tags to your door to signify its compliance with AS1905.1.2015. From here, it’s the responsibility of the building owner or manager to maintain compliance by keeping their fire doors and doorways clear of any obstructions and ensuring that their fire door and accompanying emergency exit lighting stays in good working condition until their first scheduled inspection.
All locks, hinges, knobs, reinforcing plates, tracks or runners and other fittings that are essential to the smooth operation of your fire safety door should also be inspected routinely, as well as immediately after the installation of that fire safety door. Doing so will inhibit the likelihood of your fire safety door experiencing a fault in the event of an emergency.
When looking to install a fire door in your building, it’s imperative that you understand the distinctions between fire door classifications. This will ensure that you’re selecting a fire safety door that’s best suited to your property and its unique risks. For instance, there is a notable difference between an FD120 fire door and an FD120S fire door. Whilst FD120 fire doors are fire resistant for up to 120 minutes, the FD120S is fire and smoke resistant for this same period of time. If your building houses chemicals or other highly flammable substances or materials that are capable of producing toxic fumes when burnt, you may require a fire safety door that’s both fire and smoke resistant alongside a smoke alarm system to protect the building occupants and impede the dispersal of toxic fumes in the event of a fire.
Alongside deciding whether or not you could benefit from installing a smoke sealing door that acts as a physical barrier for smoke, building owners and managers must also consider the types of fire doors or fire escapes that are available to them to stay compliant. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of hinged fire safety doors over sliding fire safety doors for your building. For instance, if your building’s fire escape or fire exits aren’t wide enough to accommodate a sliding fire door and its associated track, then a narrower hinged fire door is likely to be the best selection for you. Contrastingly, buildings like hospitals or assisted living facilities may require sliding glass doors or automatic two-way swing doors in order to cater to building occupants who may be living with disabilities.
Fire rated access panels also fall under the category of fire safety doors, as these panels are crucial for protecting access to switchboards or other control panels for connections like water pipes, gas, or telecommunications cabling.
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When installing a fire door in Melbourne, it is important to ensure that your fire door is not only suitable for your building and installed in accordance with tested prototype specifications for that particular fire door configuration, but also that it is in full compliance with AS1905.1. Working with dedicated fire safety experts is the only way to truly make sure that your fire door installation job is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.
If you’d like to organise a fire safety door installation or inspection for your commercial or residential building, then Alexon should be your first point of call. Our fire safety technicians have over 20 years of experience installing and inspecting fire doors in Melbourne, and have serviced a range of commercial and residential buildings as well as industrial plants. We test all kinds of fire protection systems including sprinkler systems, fire alarms, extinguishers, and fire hydrants to go with your fire door system for comprehensive fire protection.
Contact us at 1300 001 004 to organise your fire safety door installation today, or to enquire about any of our other fire safety services.
A fire door is designed to be a barrier to fire and smoke for your building to slow the spread of fire. It must be made from appropriate materials, such as metal or fire-resistant timber, and are designed to be fire resistant. They must withstand a minimum of 30 minutes in accordance with Australian standards. Fire safety doors help contain the spread of fire, whereas a normal door can simply burn in the event of a fire.
No, it is not recommended, nor allowed, that you install your own fire door. Fire doors have specific requirements and must be installed by a qualified fire door technician. Fire doors may be part of the reason that an occupant makes it to safety in the event of an emergency, so they must be properly fitted as it could save lives.
Fire doors do have floor gaps so that they can swing freely, but the gaps are limited so that no large gaps are included. Gaps are limited, with a maximum gap of 10mm between the door to the floor. Large gaps will increase the risk of spreading the smoke further, which can be toxic on inhalation.
Yes, fire doors are designed to close automatically when a fire occurs.They are also self-latching to give time for people to escape.
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