Industrial facilities present very specific conditions when it comes to fire safety. These spaces require superior levels of fire protection as they inherently house hazardous materials and activity. The legislation and building regulations for industrial spaces are stringent.
FSE Special Purpose Doors are designed and engineered to suit the many different heavy duty industrial applications and can be customised to meet the needs of any space. Fire rated doors are a crucial element of the fire protection models within the industrial sector and are necessary for the safety of all facilties and personnel. Let’s take a closer look at industrial fire doors.
What Are Fire Doors?
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements are rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety.
Why Do We Need Fire Doors In Industrial Facilties?
Fire rated doors are an essential part of every industrial facilties’ fire protection model.
• Safety – Fire doors save lives by stopping fire and smoke from spreading quickly and from entering places where people may get trapped, such as corridors, alcoves, warehouses, maintenance facilities and labs.
• Building Preservation – Aside from protecting the people within them, fire doors are vital in protecting buildings by hindering the spread of fire and smoke throughout. They are also necessary for stopping fire from spreading to other buildings, which may be very important if a facility is located in an industrial area.
• Compliance – Australia has strict rules in regards to industrial fire safety in all states. As a designer, architect, builder, installer or if you’re in industrial management person it is very important to ensure that all fire rated doors and frames comply with Australian (and state) regulations in order to avoid serious penalties.
• Easy escape – Aside from the doors themselves, fire door signage helps to direct personnel to safety in the event of a fire.
What Kinds of Industrial Fire Doors Are Avaliable?
Industrial facilties are inherently hazardous spaces that house a range of activities and materials. From factories and warehouses, to industrial labs, kitchens and research facilities, these spaces vary greatly. The types fire doors in these spaces must take these factors into account to ensure maximum performance.
At FSE we provide a range of heavy duty fire door options to suit any industrial application.
• Radiation shielded fire doors – Radiation shielding for doors provide a vital layer of protection on your doors to personnel safe from radiation. They are suitable in industrial spaces where radiation is used. These doors doors are lined with lead sheet and can include radiation shielded glass vision panels too.
• Sliding fire doors – Sliding fire doors are quite common in larger spaces where, in the event of a fire, larger entry/exit points are needed to accommodate more people and large machinery, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical.
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in industrial facilities. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are crucial in industrial facilities where corridors have heavy traffic flow in both directions. They perform like any other fire door. However, the key difference is that they swing 180-degrees to allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through the doors.
• Biothermic fire doors – Biothermic doors are designed to prevent the flow of gas between rooms or compartments by creating an air tight (gas tight) seal. These specialised doors are built to withstand extreme pressure and are made to resist both thermal and chemical damage.
• Ballistic fire doors – Ballistic Doors are bullet and blast resistant doors that provide protection against things such as weaponry assaults, forced entry and other criminal attacks, blasts and explosions.
Our fire doors are available in a number of different varieties including timber faced doors, hygiene doors, smoke doors, steel faced doors and lead lined doors to suit any industrial application.
Industrial Fire Doors From FSE Special Purpose Doors
Fire doors are an essential part of every industrial facilities’ fire protection model for the safety of all persons within. We service many different industrial sectors:
• Warehouses, factories and industrial storage
• Oil, gas, mining and offshore facilities
• Energy and civil engineering plants
• Medical, pharmaceutical and scientific laboratories
• Processing plants
• Waste management and treatment facilities
• Storage facilities
• Atomic/nuclear power plants