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Why keep fire doors closed at all times?

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Did you know that leaving fire doors wedged or propped open is against the law?

Here’s why.

Fire doors form an integral part of the fire safety strategy for any large or multi-storied property. Fire-rated doors are commonly situated in commercial buildings and large residential structures.

Keeping fire doors that are intended to stay shut, propped open prevents them from working as they should.

 How do fire doors work?

A fire door is manufactured and clearly marked as an emergency exit to a building, in case of a fire. Fire-rated doors are intended to be pushed open from inside the building. Fire doors typically stay unlocked, however if secured, an approved lock is used. A fire door in the path of egress is usually equipped with a push bar to limit the contact surface for anyone fleeing the building.

 

 

Why should fire doors be kept shut?

Keeping a fire door propped open prevents it from acting as an inhibitor that stops the spread of smoke and fire. It compromises the safety of the dwellers and the property, in the event of a fire.

 

Is it illegal to keep a fire door open?

A fire door can be held or be propped open for the duration of moving material through the door passage, however leaving a fire-rated door open is punishable by law because it puts someone’s life at risk.

Some fire doors are fitted with certified fire door retainers or electro-magnets, defined under Australian Standard AS1905, that keep the fire door open. These devices close automatically when a fire alarm sets off in the building. Keeping the door open with a wedge, however is illegal as this prevents such devices from functioning as they should.

 

Ensure compliance with Australian fire door regulations set out by the NCC (National Construction Code) and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)

Contact Radiant Enterprise to find out more about our Fire-rated Doors and Frames.


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Grindley Construction

This reference is given in relation to the St John of God Hospital currently being completed by Grindley construction at Burwood, where I had the pleasure of working with the staff of Radiant Enterprise.

They have provided the project with the metal door frames of various sizes and profiles to suit the different wall types. They have also supplied the fire doors and solid core doors on the job and the installers who carried out the installation of the doors and door hardware.

Radiant is also currently providing metal door frames, doors, hardware and installation services at another Grindley projects the Paling Court RACF near Camden.

I have no issue in offering a positive reference for the use of Radiant Enterprise on your current and future projects.

-Glenwood

Site Manager


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James Clifford

As clients of Radiant over the past 12 years, we will be pleased to recommend its services as manufacturers and suppliers of doors and jambs, hardware and installation.

Radiant has been diligent in maintaining our building schedule and have been prompt in accommodating our requests in urgent situations.

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AGM Construction

This reference is given in relation to the Muswellbrook TAFE Student Accommodation is currently under the completion stage constructed at Muswellbrook, where I am fortunate to be working with Radiant personnel.

They have provided all the metal door frames of various sizes

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Abi Group

This reference is given in relation to the Westmead Millennium institute project currently being completed at Westmead Hospital, where I am glad to be working with Radiant staff.

They have provided all the metal door frames of various sizes and profiles to suit the different wall types on the project. They have also supplied the fire doors and solid core doors as well as their installation services.

Radiant has also provided frames, doors and installation services at other recent ABI Group projects like the Emerant Lane Apartments.

Our experience with Radiant has been positive on this project, we recommend Radiant Enterprise for your project and any future projects.

-David Drew

Project Manager


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