What is the difference between a fire exit door and a fire door?
Fire exit doors are installed in escape routes, helping you evacuate a building quickly in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, these doors are usually open. They typically have a ‘push bar to open’ sticker installed, like the LH image above.
Fire rated doors on the other hand are installed to prevent a fire from spreading, giving the emergency services time to arrive. These doors are left closed in the event of a fire. They expand into their frames when subject to extreme heat. These doors typically have a ‘fire door keep shut’ sticker affixed, like the RH image above.
Fire Exit Doors:
- Are used for escape during a fire
- Available as single fire exit doors and double fire exit doors
- Are usually external
- Are fitted with panic hardware / push bars
- Can be left open
- Signage: ‘Push bar to open’ and ‘Fire exit Keep clear’
Our steel fire exit doors are all held in stock and available with pre-fitted Exidor panic hardware from £199.99+VAT.
- Are used to prevent fire from spreading
- Available as single fire doors and double fire doors
- Are usually internal
- Are fitted with fire rated furniture and door closer
- Must never be propped open
- Signage: ‘Fire door keep shut’
Our steel fire rated doors are all held in stock and available certified up to 4 hours, from £549.99+VAT.
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. See our fire rated fire exit doors here