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Current regulations for certified fire doors

Why is it important to comply with fire door regulations?

A fire door plays a vital role in the safety and fire protection of buildings. Since a fire door is a functional item that is a necessity in all buildings, it has to meet several specified regulations. These include accessibility, sound, ventilation, fire safety and safety glazing. Fire door regulations are meant to ensure that fire doors are designed and fitted in accordance with the relevant laws.

Almost all buildings in the UK are required to have at least one fire door. Here are some of the more important fire door regulations that apply across the UK:

Where must fire doors be fitted?

There is a requirement for every building to be divided into different compartments. Escape routes including corridors and staircases should be protected. In a domestic dwelling that has two levels or more, any door that leads to the stairwell at any level has to be a fire door if it is leading into a habitable room.

A fire door should also be fitted between a house and an integral garage. In mixed-use buildings, fire doors should be used between the residential and business elements.

Required fire resistance period

Where a compartment wall separates two separate buildings, the fire door and the wall that contains it have to have the same resistance period. The resistance period of the fire door cannot be lower. The minimum fire resistance period is 60 minutes. In any other situation, 30-minute fire doors (FD30) are allowed.

Signage

Any fire door in a non-domestic building should have the correct signage. It should have signage on both sides. The sign should indicate clearly that it is a fire door. There may be other instructions such as “Keep Locked” or “Keep Closed”. Standard signs can be purchased from a fire door dealer.

Smoke seals

These are recommended where a fire door approaches or protects an escape shaft such as a staircase or corridor or where a fire door is between a private area and a common space. A good example is the front door of a flat. Smoke seals should also be used on doors in corridors leading to dead ends. Where a smoke seal is to be used, the threshold gap is should not exceed 3 mm.

Glazing safety

If a fire door is located less under 15 cm from the floor level, it has to have a safety glass. This is a requirement in all buildings, domestic or non-domestic.

On top of the different regulations, there are also codes and standards that fire doors should comply with. They have to meet a criterion known as Code for Sustainable Homes. When it comes to procurement, there are also several sourcing regulations.

HAG’s fire doors are tested to BS 476 part 20 & 22, BS EN 1634 and hold CERTIFIRE certificates. They also come with the option of vision panels and louvre panels.

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