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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.

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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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