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Fire Door Maintenance – Uphold Your Safety





Fire sources can come from either of the two, man-made or natural occurrence. Sometimes, fires are done in the forest to allow for regrowth of certain plants and these are usually started by nature itself through lightning or a super-strong heat of the sun. Fires are also very useful for human use as without it we can’t have our foods cooked, melt metals for industrial and residential use and many more. However, if these fires cannot be controlled, they can affect a lot of lives and even damage everything we own. Without proper preparation such as fire doors, all these will be rendered nothing.

Fire doors are needed for our ultimate protection and safety. There are standards that should be followed when it comes to fire rated doors. This is determined by a fire door maintenance inspector who checks if everything is well within the standards as prescribed by the Australian legislation.

To make sure that these fire safety doors are always on top of their condition, here are the parts that fire door inspectors usually check.

Surface and frame

Your fire doors shouldn’t have any open holes or breaks especially on its surface because it can affect its ability to stand against flames. A small crack on the door is already a huge opportunity for fires to spread its terror which will render your fire door useless. You have to know that fire doors are usually coated with materials that would slow the fire down and will give you an ample time to evacuate or until the fire rescue arrives.  It’s usually measured in minutes.

Vision light frames and glazes

These parts of your fire safety doors should be intact and strongly attached. Not all doors have these parts but you should make sure that these are properly maintained to avoid hustles.

Door and hinges

There fire door parts that aren’t combustible and can function without damage and breaks. However, it’s better to have these parts checked so as to make sure everything’s in perfect condition should any untoward events happen.

Measurement and clearance

Some fire door inspectors are keen about measurements and a little high or off in the standard measurements will end to certain recommendations. For example if they find out that your clearance is more than ¾ of an inch, they would recommend you to have it replaced or repaired until you have reached the desired measurement that does not exceed the standard that is required. This is only fitting because a small discrepancy in measurement can mean a huge thing during fire and it’s important that you fix it while everything’s still perfectly fine.
 
Fire door inspectors also check if there are missing parts or if the closing and opening mechanism is still works fine. All in all, fire door maintenance is a must to uphold the safety of your business establishment. Sure, you’ll spend a couple of dollars but that’s nothing if you lose your entire property if something goes wrong.

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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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