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.
- 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’
- 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’
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.