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Fire exit doors are ideal for enabling escape routes helping you depart from a building quickly in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, these doors are usually open.

Fire-rated doors on the other hand are ideal for rooms where there is a high fire risk. These doors expand into their frames when subject to extreme heat. These doors are left closed in the event of a fire to prevent it from spreading further, giving the emergency services time to arrive.

 

Fire Exit Doors:

  1. Are used for escape during a fire
  2. Available as single fire exit doors and double fire exit doors
  3. Are usually external
  4. Are fitted with panic hardware / push bars
  5. Can be left open
  6. Signage: ‘Push bar to open’ and ‘Fire exit Keep clear’

 

Fire Doors:

  1. Are used to prevent fire from spreading
  2. Available as single fire doors and double fire doors
  3. Are usually internal
  4. Are fitted with fire rated furniture and door closer
  5. Must never be propped open
  6. Signage: ‘Fire door keep shut’

 

Fire Rated Fire Exit Doors:

In rare circumstances, building control may request that a door is used for both purposes: to open in the event of a fire, but once closed, then seal shut and stop the fire from spreading.