The Differences Between Fire Doors and Fire Exits

The Differences Between Fire Doors and Fire Exits

During a fire it will likely be your last priority to distinguish what the differences are between fire doors and fire exits. After all, you will just want to get out of the building. With this said, it can actually be important information for those who are looking at having one installed. Read on to find out more…

Fire Exits

Most of the time, a fire exit is an extremely strong external door. This means that is can be left open and does not have to come with fire resistant qualities. You can often differentiate a fire exit from a fire door as it has a horizontal push bar installed across it and may be adorned with bright green sign and the image of a stick man running.  Since fire exits are used in life and death emergencies it is important that they are never blocked by vehicles or other large items on the outside as people will not be able to escape in the event of a fire.

Fire Doors

On the other hand, fire doors are strong internal doors that are installed inside a building in order to compartmentalise a fire and prevent it spreading while those trapped inside manage to find a safe exit. In fact, it is not uncommon for an office building to have hundreds of fire doors as they can be installed on stairwells, corridors, kitchens and recently they are even starting to be used as office doors themselves. Certified fire doors are often made from sold timber and can resist smoke and flames for up to 30 minutes thanks to intumescent seals and other fire-resistant components.

Here at ABC Industrial we have a wide range of fire doors that might just be the difference between life and death. After all, fire doors are generally installed inside buildings in order to compartmentalise a fire and stop it from spreading and fire exits tend to be the ones with bars that you actually leave the building through.

Since both may be referred to as fire doors, it is important that you make sure you get what you are looking for. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the ABC team today!

Posted: 03-05-2018