Following on from our previous blog post about fire door regulations and the importance of fire safety, it’s crucial to know what products can help protect you and prevent a fire if one is to occur in the workplace.
In every commercial building, the main point of escape is a fire door. In 2019, a study found that over 76% of fire doors failed inspections, with the three main recurring reasons being “excessive gaps”, “smoke sealing issues” and “poorly adjusted door closers” that prevent the fire door from holding back the spread of a fire.
At FPC, we specialise in safety. Dedicated to providing simple and effective fire protection solutions across the nation. With our expertise, we’re able to fix the problems that arise with inspections to create a safer environment with your fire doors for you and your employees.
Why do you need a fire door?
A fire door is a specially designed door that helps to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Fire doors are typically made of heavy-duty material such as solid wood and are designed to seal tightly so that air cannot pass through.
Fire doors play an important role in keeping people safe during a fire by helping to prevent the spread of flames and smoke. Fire doors should be fitted with intumescent strips and special fire door seals, which expand in the heat to help seal the door shut.
Fire doors are an important part of any building’s fire safety system and are required by many building codes, both domestic and commercial. Fire doors must be properly sealed, installed and maintained to work properly.
Studies however are finding that fire safety is declining. The number of Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) fell in the 10 years from 2010 to 2021 by over 300,000. This drastic decline in safety checks has since led to a decline in quality as well as the correct installation of fire doors.
Time to act
Most people and businesses have a rather complacent attitude toward fire safety. This may be for several reasons, most particularly because people believe there’s a minimal risk of a fire breaking out.
The importance of fire safety is crucial, as highlighted in a previous blog post, and your protection starts when you take matters into your own hands.
A sealed fire door provides the simplest protection in the event of a fire and is the most cost-effective preventative solution too.
We stock a range of products that provide vital protection for fire doors, in particular supporting the various shortcomings that have caused many fire doors to fail inspections over recent years.
Fire Safety Products:
Draft seals – Our fire door seals and smoke seals are installed into a rebate on the door frame so that when the door is heated, the intumescent strip fitting expands and fills the gaps of the fire door with a flame-tight seal for up to 60 minutes. The fire door seal strips are essential for any fire door, no matter the type of building; it’s designed to safely seal the gaps and protect you from smoke inhalation and fire spreading. Our fire door seals give people enough time to escape safely.
Fire acrylic sealant – This unique sealant is ready to use on all fire doors. The sealant can also be applied on fire walls or partitions too. The qualities of our fire-rated acrylic fire door smoke seal swell under the heat of a fire, providing a fire and smoke-resistant seal.
Fireproof letterboxes – Our fireproof letterbox has a plastic body with a spring-loaded extruded aluminum letter plate. They come complete with an unobtrusive layer of intumescent strip fitting to fit along the fire door. The intumescent liner is a revolutionary new product that fits into your existing letterbox to protect those inside by extinguishing fires before they spread.
Fire safety with FPC
Having a working and up-to-code fire door is crucial in ensuring your safety in the event of a fire. The protection a fire door offers a home or business can be the difference between life and death.
By equipping and fitting your fire doors with the correct seals and intumescent fire door strip fittings, you will not only secure your safety but can reduce the damages that a fire can cause to your home or building. At FPC, we are dedicated to providing simple and effective fire protection, from fire door smoke seals to HVAC protection, contact us today to enquire about our various products and how we can help you.