Fire safety in the home is something you might think you are on top of after installing a fire alarm. But there are other methods that you can incorporate into your home to help prevent the start and spread of fire. One of these precautions is fire doors which can often be the final barrier between a blaze and a life. We’ve had a look at some tips regarding fire doors, which if fitted correctly could withstand flames and smoke for up to 30 minutes!
1. Check the size
When replacing existing doors with fire doors, it is important to ensure they will fit correctly in order for them to work effectively. Standard fire doors are around 44mm thick, 10mm thicker than the average interior door. Using a skilled joiner to fit your doors will ensure they are working to the official guidelines to keep you safe in the event of a fire.2. Close your doors
If you have fire doors in your home it’s important to close them every time you leave the house or go to bed in order for them to work efficiently. Never prop them open or leave them ajar to avoid the spread of flames in the event of a fire.3. Don’t paint it
Painting your doors with a flameproof paint will hold off flames for a short period of time. A door is made up of many compatible materials that are fire tested to ensure proper functioning in the event of a fire. A fire door can withstand flames and smoke for up to 30 minutes, providing a much safer result.4. Don’t block the door
It may seem like a no-brainer, but 74% of tradespeople have witnessed a blocked or obstructed fire door during a fire. It is important to ensure doors are unobstructed to allow safe passage in the event of a fire.5. Check the gap
The gap around the door and frame is very important to prevent toxic fumes and smoke seeping through in the event of a fire. The gap around the door should be no more than 3mm with the bottom being slightly larger at 8mm to be functioning correctly.
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