All you need to know about fire door ratings
The safety and security of people living in tower blocks, apartments and other communal living spaces has become ever more paramount over the last few years and one of the ways in which this can be improved on is by installing a fire door with a suitable Fire Door Rating.
There are four different Fire Door Ratings: FD30, FD60, FD90 or FD120 and, in this blog post, we’ll explain all you need to know about them and why they’re so important.
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An extra five minutes to escape
The addition of fire rated doors in properties with multiple occupants can give people up to five extra minutes to escape from the building in the event of a fire. That doesn’t sound like much but every second really does count in these life-threatening situations.
We have fitted thousands of doors with certain fire door ratings in properties across Europe and have developed a wide variety of options to suit every type of project from social housing through to luxury apartment complexes. All of these particular doors have one thing in common: they will always meet, and often exceed, the toughest specifications and standards.
Save lives with a door the has a fire door rating
Installing the correct fire door is a matter of life and death. Fire doors are installed specifically to save lives and protect property should a fire occur. Their task is simple but their detail is a little more complex, so we’ve compiled this article to explain both FD30 and FD60 fire doors to help you choose the correct one.
In the first instance, you must always consult the UK’s national Building Regulations (Part B refers directly to fire safety and is split into domestic and non-domestic buildings) and understand the specific requirements of fire doors in relation to where they are located within a property or building.
Slow the spread of a fire
Fire doors, for example, are commonly used to divide a building into sections with the aim of slowing the spread of a fire. If a fire can be successfully decelerated this gives any individuals in the building to quickly and safely exit the premises. Studying the relevant Building Regulations will provide you with the information you need to achieve the fire safety requirements of your building.
It is worth noting that apartments and flats are classed as non-domestic buildings and, therefore, require a higher level of fire safety than standard, domestic homes. As such, we always recommend installing FD60 doors in flats and apartment buildings. More on this below!
What is an FD30 and FD60 fire door?
Fire doors are available in several ‘fire door ratings’ and are commonly used in hallways or as front doors in apartment blocks. In this article, we will concentrate on FD30 and FD60 fire doors.
An FD30 rated fire door means that the door has been tested to withstand fire for up to 30 minutes. One that carries an FD60 rating means it has been tested to withstand fire for up to 60 minutes.
Here at Secure House, we have a range of FD30 and FD60 doors that satisfy UK Building Regulations Part B. Not only are our fire doors totally fit for purpose, they are also aesthetically pleasing so there is no design compromise. We also have a range of burglary resistant and bulletproof RC3 and RC4 fire doors which can include security glazing such as PB6 axe resistant glass.
All of our fire doors are available as either singles or doubles and we can also provide a wide selection hardware for any of the doors such as panic exit devices and oversize door handles for easy operation.
Need a steel security door that’s also fire rated?
Look no further, you’ve found it! We have a fantastic range with options including 30, 45, 60 & 90 minute fire rated doors, right up several that offer a 120 minute fire rating. All of the doors are also either RC3 or RC4 security rated. Here are a few examples… For more details, call us or pop into our showroom where we’ll be more than happy to help!
No compromise on safety or design
At Secure House, there is never any compromise on safety or design: we’re all about keeping people, property and assets as safe as possible. So, whether you’re a landlord, a social housing provider, an architect or an apartment owner looking to further enhance the fire safety and security credentials of your property, call us to discuss how you can gain those extra five minutes when you need them the most.
For more information on our FD30 and FD60 fire doors or our RC3 and RC4 high security fire doors, or to arrange a free consultation, please call the Secure House team on Tel: 0207 859 4207 or email: [email protected]