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Improving Hospital Security Through the Use of Fire Doors

When it comes to fire safety, hospitals may encounter distinct challenges to deal with. Moreover, just like common public buildings, dilemma may arise in connection with fire; particular to the people who are present at the building by the time may not be familiar with the layout of the building. In addition to this factor many victims may not be capable to evacuate the building without the aid of others, or may even be in danger during evacuation. It is prerequisite to the fire doors of hospitals to integrate a higher standard than in common infrastructures. However, they must have implemented the last line of safeguarding in time of fire.

Several hospitals feature vast public fields and lengthen corridor. Moreover, by the building’s requisite design can be vulnerable to the increase of fire and smoke with corridors constitute being effective ‘chimneys’. Air leakage will help to fuel a fire and grant it to increase rapidly. Bigger hospitals have a distinct variety of kitchens, restaurants and other competitive areas for both the public and staff; laundries and depot rooms are also typical features; some of the dispensaries are locked and not in use, or in narrow use at specific times of day, and storage rooms with a spectrum of chemicals with a range of materials and drugs all constitute specific risks. However, different substances can be dangerous and regular fire risk judgment should highlight all areas of vulnerability. Security affair can also be an operational concern, which is why sealed or blocked areas are common features to restrain access in some areas of a hospital.

Fire doors in hospitals need to grip all these aspects into account. Moreover, fire doors in a hospital indeed need to be at maximum rating to restrain the spread of smoke and fire in order to grant ultimate evacuation time for the most defenseless patients and to secure the safety level of those assisting them to evacuate. However, aisles will need fire doors to breach up sections of the building, restricting the flow of air and decreasing the potential for fire to increase rapidly from one section of the infrastructure to the next. This is particularly significant in hospitals as they often depend on a phased evacuation of victims where time is of the essence. These doors also are prerequisite to allow fast access as well as to hold off stable opening and closing on a day-to-day basis at the same time maintaining their fire assistance. They also need to prevent possible damage caused from regular exploitation of hospital trolleys and wheelchairs. Individual wards precondition locked fire doors, which must accede to free from the inside should tenant need to evacuate in an emergency.

Furthermore, fire doors grant the last line of immunity, fire consciousness for staff is crucial. Hospitals can be particularly crucial to evacuate therefore staff need an intense sense of their own necessary role in decreasing fire risk and in securing the safety of patients in the event of fire. Moreover, hospitals must also have a sufficient number of escape passage all of which obliged to be clearly marked and suitable lighting. A further fire safety prerequisite is the presence of fire extinguishers, which need to be specifically located and definitely visible for immediate use. Fire doors must be sealed at all times – or at least locked automatically on the sounding of the alarm.



Scanline Fire Doors is fully licensed and insured to perform fire door inspections which are compulsory in Queensland. They must be inspected and maintained in accordance with AS1851, Part 17-2005 and therefore the Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

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