Specialist Fire Doors for School
Abacus Property Services won a contract in early 2015 to install the above Specialist Fire Doors in a Torbay School. The Fire Risk Assessment had flagged up the issue of excessive travel distance in a long corridor. There were existing pairs of Fire Doors of the same design in the corridor forming compartments, all to the above design. As luck would have it, there was an existing substantial door frame in a suitable position from an older incarnation of the building. The work involved sourcing and fitting the right color laminate to match the existing doors, creating and fitting matching glazing panels with approved Fire glazing, set in intumescent seals and held in place with fire check hardwood beading again to match the existing doors. The doors themselves were an ‘odd’ size, so they were formed from Fire Door blanks that could be cut down to the required size with hardwood lipping fitted. Matching door furniture was sourced and the doors fitted with cold smoke intumescent heat seals. All to FD30(S) specification.
Fire Doors and Hydraulic Closers
Abacus Property Services strongly recommend overhead Approved hydraulic closers for Fire Doors. They offer far more safety and control over the way the door closes. As the doors were in a corridor where children may be in a rush at times! some thought and discussion was needed for the correct closers to chosen and fitted. It was decided to fit heavy duty 5 function closers. The door was required to be able to be pushed open and then the door to stop still for 15 to 20 seconds and then to start closing slowly, with a light snap shut with the latching action. So enabling the users of the corridor to anticipate the behavior of the doors and no dangerous slamming.
Above the Fire Doors you will see a narrow glazing transom. This was fitted with ordinary domestic glazing. This had to be removed and Approved Fire Glazing fitted in intumescent seals and Hardwood baton. This was required to complete the compartmentation break in the corridor.