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How to Spot a Fire Rated Door

We juggle with our daily lives going to school or going to work, attending meetings or birthdays, meet-up with friends or family having to dine out somewhere cosy, stay at a hotel or a condo for days but whatever it is that we are doing and wherever we are going we see doors, hundreds of doors maybe. Most of the time we may never care, unless you are this super particular type to check if these doors are fire rated or not. No one could blame you, no one thought of having to deal with a fire breakout every single second of the time.

But to raise awareness, it is important to know that a door is a reliable fire rated door or not. We go through our lives thinking every day is just another day to live but circumstances happen catching all of us off guard. It is better to have a little knowledge than nothing at all. 

Fire doors can appear as an ordinary door but when you spot one you will know. These doors are composed of a complete door set which includes the door leaf, frame, hardware, seals, and other attachments like vision panels and air grilles. All these are of course fire rated. Designed to withstand fire that could last 3-4 hours depending of the fire door rating. These doors are also are made up of a combination of any materials such as glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite and aluminium. But all these aren't enough to say they are fire doors. To identify that they are, there must be a "compliance tag" fixed on the door.

This tag in no ordinary because it contains detail of critical information to which is used by the inspectors to assess the fire door during its service and identify its conditions. You don't need to be an expert to read what is on this fire door compliance tag as long as you know the basic. The only time you have to be one is when you do the inspection yourself. All compliance tags per regulation of the Australian government must contain the manufacturer's name, fire rating/resistant level (could last 3-4 hours depends), owner's name, certifiers name, manufacture date and the item serial number.

This compliance tag is also a proof confirming that the door has been tested and installed correctly which makes it fire resistant by a licensed company. This tag must remain on the door and must never at once remove. Removal of it or just it being unstuck can cause non-compliance during inspection or maintenance.

Also it is important that everyone's aware that the government states that by law as referred to Australian Standard AS. 1851.17 and the Queensland Development Code MP6.1 that all the fire doors are inspected every 6 to 12 months depending on the classification of the building. This is to make sure that all business and home owners maintain the fire doors at its best function. These doors are designed to help reduce the spread of fire and smoke if there are any unlikely fireoutbreaks. The hazards bring about by fire can be contained by the help of these doors. These doors had helped saves lives of many and prevent property loss over the decades.

If you wanted to know more about the functions and specification of firedoors please call Scanline Fire Door at 1300 302 994.


Protect Your Investments, Get a Fire Door

When you venture to any type of business you not only put your money on it but you pour all your hard work, your time and your heart. You imagine it grow from the small business you started to it becoming big and global. But what if one day everything you've put so much labour are destroyed by one unfortunate event that could somehow be prevented only if the right thing was done.

In as much as we wanted control everything that would happen, sometimes things gets out of our way. If we are inside a building we have that feeling that we are safe. But that is not always the case. A single fire can transform all our assets into ashes. This is very destructive, isn't it? That is why it is very important to plan all safety measures in your business infrastructures as thoroughly as possible.

Nobody wants anything bad just like a fire outbreak happen but you must be prepared. One small fire could get out of control that grabbing a fire extinguisher is impossible. Based on study, it only takes 30 seconds for a fire to become very difficult to control and few minutes more the whole area will be filled with smoke which makes it much more dangerous.

There's not so much you can do for a 30 second time. Escape can be very difficult as panic people start to run and find way out. Finding your way out is also very hard when smoke is spreading all around. Besides that you all you see is grey and black it's suffocating you. Smoke is the leading cause of death rather than burn on a fire situation.

Fire could likely to start on an area where flammable materials are stored. Storage areas, electrical room, office pantry among others must be secured and checked all the time. Broken Electrical devices, heaters or any leakage must be fixed immediately. There are so many things that have to be examined and observed to maintain a safe environment in any infrastructures. But accidents happen we know that. 

So it's just very strategic to install fire doors inside your building specially the place where fire could start as mentioned above. What are fire doors? Fire doors are a fire protection system to help reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate rooms or compartments. Aside from that this will also give people time for a safe escape from the building and control property damage.

Fire doors can last up to 3-4 hours depending on the fire door rating. Normally they are made up of a combination of materials such as glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite and aluminium. A fire door is composed of a complete door set that includes a door leaf, frame, hardware, seals, and other attachments like vision panels and air grilles which are all fire rated.

Fire rated doors means that they have been tried and tested by a licensed company. It cannot be installed without the assistance of these peopleas compliance to the regulation issued by the Australian government is a must. A compliance tag must be found on all fire doors. To make ensure the safety of everyone inside the building and to protect your business all fire doors are also required to be maintained and inspected regularly. An inspection will be carried by the government every 6 to 12 months depending on the building classification. 

So many are the requirements for a fire door and you think it could be costly. But what you need to think is the long term effect of this to your business.

Still wanted to know more information about the fire doors and how it can save your business? Please call Scanline Fire Door at 1300 302 994.



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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