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Fittings for a Secure Fireproof Door: A Checklist

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Fittings for a Secure Fireproof Door: A Checklist

Of course, first and foremost it’s important that the door leaf itself is of the best quality and material. We highly recommend that you invest in a door that is FD approved, fire rated to up to 30 or 60 minutes and has certifire marked hinges.

This door should fit in its frame without any gaps that may let through heat, smoke or flames. It should also open and close smoothly.

Once you have your perfect door leaf, you can check through the rest of this list, carefully put together by Lock Shop Direct, to make sure that all of its fittings will effectively withstand fire.

A Fireproof, Fire Brigade Approved Lock

Locks that are officially approved will allow the fire brigade to gain access to a room without having to break the lock itself. You can also purchase a fire brigade key set that will allow you to do this yourself.

To make the lock itself fireproof, you can install an intumescent kit, tested in accordance with BS EN 1634-1: 2008, to increase the mechanism’s resistance.

Fireproof Seals, Packers and Foam

To protect against smoke and heat seeping between the door leaf and frame, your door should be fitted with a quality intumescent fire and smoke seal, which will keep any room safer for longer by expanding to many times its size if there is a fire.

You can also purchase fire rated packers that fit between your door’s architrave and the wall. These should always be applied in conjunction with fire rated frame foam.

A Fire Rated Closer

Your door needs to close firmly and stay safely shut in the event of a fire. A specialist fire rated closer can be purchased for this purpose.

A Fireproof Viewer

Should you require a viewer for your door, you should invest in one that comes with an intumescent kit to ensure it is as safe as possible.

A Fireproof Letterbox

If you want a letterbox in a fireproof door, that feature should also be made fire resistant. Select a good letterbox that can be fitted with a specialist intumescent strip.

Specialist Features

Depending on the location and purpose of your door, you may decide to invest in other fire safety features such as a break-to-open fire bolt for an emergency exit or a specialist power supply to hold doors open.

Lock Shop direct also supplies panic hardware and fireproof safes and letterboxes that may prove helpful in the event of a fire at your home or place of work.

If you require any further information about our fire rated products, simply get in touch with the team at Lock Shop Direct today on 0845 830 0832 or via info@lockshopdirect.co.uk with details of your enquiry, and we’ll be happy to assist you.


Author: Richard Nash

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