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The Thing Between Safety And Destruction, Fire Doors

Wherever you go, fire outbreaks are one of the most feared catastrophes. It could be in the form of building or forest fire, it could be caused by nature, freak accident or even man made. However, one thing will always remain and that is the severity of its damage. For thousands of year, countless of lives have been taken by this blazing element. And for years, every nation concerned has tried their best to prevent these things from happening. With the help of modern touch, fire alarms, high tech fire extinguishers and other fire safety mechanisms were made. One of the most popular among these would be fire doors.

Unlike the ordinary once that you commonly see, a fire proof door is made from different specialised materials. They are made for one purpose and that’s to prevent the spread of fire to the entire establishment. Aside from the wood that most doors are commonly made of, a fire door has some added coatings of non-combustible materials making it strong against the blazing flames and thick smoke. This would now enable any person inside the establishment to run for safety. Since fire doors also have limits, they are classified according to their ratings or how long they can withstand against the fire.

However, there’s only one thing that would make a fire proof door fail, if it’s left open during the outbreak. Here, no matter how strong and expensive these doors are, if they’re not closed properly, they will be rendered useless and the establishment will still be burned down as fast as how the fires would go about. A fire door should always be closed or it should have an automatic closing mechanism that goes off when fire alarms would be triggered. These doors should close tightly to stop the smoke from transferring to other parts of the building.

Smokes are the real killers during the fire outbreak. What makes them so dangerous is that they can easily suffocate a person and burn his or her airway and will become unconscious. Flames would consume you later. So, to stop these things from happening, fire doors should have seals that would swell when stimulated by heat. If the fire door seals are working properly, smokes and flames would stay inside one room until they’re controlled by fire fighters while the victims could easily go for safety.

Fire doors should regularly be inspected by the proper authorities. They can be agents from the government or third party companies which at times are fire door firms that would offer certain fixes once they see non-compliance on your fire safety doors. It might be a burden to some business owners but it’s actually for a good cause since fire doors should always be ready for action. Failing to comply with the standards that are being given by the building code of Australia might lead to the closure of the business.

Fire safety will always be a concern. So, before it’s too late, it’s important to really look at your blue print and think about where to place these fire rated doors. It will only be the thing that would stand between you and the deathly stares of fire during times of emergencies.



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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