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Why are compliant Fire Doors so important

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It is important to keep a fire door maintained for several reasons:

Fire Safety: Fire doors play a critical role in containing and slowing down the spread of fire within a building. They are specifically designed and constructed to resist fire for a specified period, usually from 30 minutes to several hours. Maintaining fire doors ensures their effectiveness in preventing the rapid spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, allowing occupants to safely evacuate, and providing additional time for firefighting efforts.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Building codes and fire safety regulations across Australia require the installation and proper maintenance of fire doors in commercial and public buildings. Compliance with these regulations is essential to ensure the safety of occupants and to avoid penalties or legal liabilities in case of fire incidents.

Compartmentalization: Fire doors are an essential part of the building’s compartmentalization strategy. They help divide a building into fire compartments, limiting the fire’s spread from one area to another. Maintaining fire doors ensures their proper functionality, including their ability to close automatically, latch securely, and form a tight seal when closed, thus preserving the integrity of fire compartments.

Protection of Escape Routes: Fire doors are often installed in stairwells, corridors, and other escape routes to protect the means of egress. They prevent smoke and fire from entering these pathways, providing a clear and safe passage for occupants to exit the building during an emergency. Regular maintenance helps ensure that fire doors are in good working condition and can effectively serve their intended purpose.

Insurance Requirements: Insurance policies may require proper maintenance and inspection of fire doors as part of the building’s fire safety measures. Failing to meet these requirements could lead to difficulties in obtaining insurance coverage or result in reduced claim settlements in case of fire-related damage.

Longevity and Cost Savings: Regular maintenance and inspection of fire doors help identify and address any issues or wear and tear early on. By promptly repairing or replacing damaged components, the lifespan of fire doors can be extended, reducing the need for premature replacements. This can result in cost savings over time.

Overall, maintaining fire doors is crucial for ensuring fire safety, compliance with regulations, and the protection of occupants and property in the event of a fire. It is essential to have qualified professionals inspect and maintain fire doors at regular intervals to ensure their proper functioning and reliability.

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