Fire-resisting timber doorsets

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Fire-resisting doorsets, as distinct from single 'fire door' leaves, are precisely designed and engineered component sets required to perform three main functions:

  • To protect escape routes from the effects of fire (including smoke) so occupants can leave safely
  • To protect the contents and/or structure of the building by limiting the fire spread (an insurance requirement)
  • To permit fire fighting

This Choose and Use sheet covers the major points relating to fire doors and fire door components.

This sheet details the most common specifications for fire-doors, the important considerations to be made for each of the components in the door as well as the various testing, assessment and certification schemes which cover fire doors.



Contents:

  • Testing, assessment and certification
  • Components
  • Essential hardware
  • Intumescent seals
  • Smoke seals
  • Glazing
  • Door frames
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Regulatory requirements and advice
  • Performance specification

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