Why Are Fire Doors Important?

All of us who use or occupy any building have a right to expect that we will be safely protected should a fire break out. Sadly, this is not always the case. Something may fail within the fabric of the building, or with the fire safety devices and tragedy occurs, causing death or serious injury.

Fire doors are part of a building’s PASSIVE fire protection system, an essential requirement for ALL public buildings, offices and factories.

They are also a requirement in certain domestic situations, such as:

  • in flats,
  • where a door leads into an integral garage
  • in any dwelling where there is a second floor ‘habitable’ room, such as houses with loft conversions or a ‘room in the roof’.

All rooms in any of these situations are separated from other rooms, or compartmented, in order to:

  • keep any fire in the compartment in which it starts
  • protect the occupants (and contents) of other compartments
  • provide a safe, protected route to allow the occupants to escape.

The walls, ceilings, entrances and exits are therefore designed to resist the fire for a specified period.

The simple purpose of a fire door in everyday use is just as any other door. However, since a breakout of fire is never predictable, the fire door, unlike any other door, must then perform its prime purpose - to protect lives and offer protection to the remainder of the building and to other buildings.

KDS Ltd can supply a range of fire doors in many designs, colours and materials. You also have the option of using experienced installation service. Please contact us to discuss your requirements or get a quote.