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Facts About Your Fire door

This article lists the basic facts that come with the installation of fire doors.

Installing fire doors is just the first step towards a safer building. The next agenda on your list should be to abide to fire door regulations. Below are some tips on how to prep for a fire risk assessment in your building.

  • Risk management is your responsibility

According to fire door laws, the building owner is in charge of the safety of the building, and therefore must make sure the proper fitting of fire doors is done. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) states that all fire doors must be fitted and maintained according to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1905.1.2005, and that a licensed Building Services Authority (BSA) company or person must install the fire doors.

  • Fire door Maintenance is mandatory

All fire doors must be regularly maintained so that they serve their function fully. Non-compliant fire doors can affect your certification, safety, as well as your insurance. Fire door tags provide information of the history of the fire door. It shows the date the fire door was made and the manufacturer. It will also indicate if the door passes fire door requirements.

  • If it doesn’t have a compliance tag, then it should be replaced with a new one.

Fir doors have to be maintained under the Queensland Development Code or QDC. It states that fire safety installations for an establishment should be maintained by a qualified person at time intervals that are enough to ensure the safety of a building. Under the QDC MP 6.1 schedule 1, fire doors must be maintained to the stated maintenance schedules. If your building is a class 2, example, an apartment building, it requires testing once a year. If it’s a commercial establishment, inspection is usually done twice a year.

  • Fire doormaintenance companies can do all the work for you

There are companies like Scanline Fire doors that can do all the inspections, maintenance, and certifications for you. Scanline Fire doors is insured and licensed to inspect fire doors that are in accordance to the Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. All the inspectors are qualified tradesmen. They can even make small adjustments to your fire doors while inspecting. This way, you can save yourself the worry of extra costs for the repair of your fire doors.


Basic Regulations of A Fire Door

This article lists the basic regulations of a fire door, as well as the composition of a fire door.

The most basic use of a fire door is to prevent the spread of fire in a building.The other use of a fire door is to help secure the exit of people in a fire. When it comes to fire doors, there are certain rules and regulations that have to be met if it’s used, especially in a commercial property. An in-depth look into the elements of a fire door can make it clear for us how it delays the spread of fire in a building.

Most fire doors have a solid timber frame. Sometimes it can be glazed with a fire-resistant glass. Around the fire door is a fire seal that expands when temperatures reach a certain peak. The fire seals close the gaps between the door leaf and the door frame so that smoke and fire cannot escape from the door.

Some fire doors don’t come with a seal, but new fire door requirements need a seal. This is because the seal is responsible for preventing deadly smoke from seeping through the cracks. Smoke inhalation, after all, is responsible for 42% of deaths in fires.

Fire doors come with a self-closing apparatus, and it’s crucial that the door should not be propped open.
Fire door ratings are given after fire doors are tested by a fire testing centre. The testing is done by exposing the fire door to intense heat conditions to see how long it takes for it to disintegrate.

The label indicates the time it takes before the fire door disintegrates. A rating of FD30 means that a fire door can last for 30 minutes in a fire. Subsequently an FD60 lasts for an hour, and an FD120 lasts for two hours.

Fire doors are required to be installed in commercial buildings, but they can also be installed in private properties. In particular, these should be installed in rooms that are more prone to fires like a kitchen, or a room with lots of electrical appliances.

Commercial buildings must follow fire door regulations. There must always be a ‘responsible person’ which is usually the employer in the building. He or she is responsible there is a proper escape route out of the buildings, with the fire doors placed in the proper rooms. Aside from this, the responsible person must have a fire detection warning in place, with the correct fire prevention equipment, fire proper safety signs, and escape lighting.



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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