Construction sites can be hazardous places and the health and safety of workers and contractors must be a priority. Installing temporary fire doors during the construction phase should be considered in the fire safety plan prior to construction. According to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the principal designers should consider compartmentation and escape routes as part of their health and safety planning. This is particularly important in high rise buildings where the escape route could be cut off in the event of a fire.
Fire doors – part of a compartmentation system
If a fire breaks out, fire doors, walls, ceilings and floors can be designed to form a passive fire protection system. This system will contain a fire in one area of the building. It will prevent it from spreading and causing further damage or endangering lives. Fire doors are a critical part of this system and can protect escape routes, allowing contractors to exit the building safely in the case of a fire.
Temporary fire rated doors
Temporary fire protection does not need to look good! It needs to serve a purpose. Therefore a fire door that has no primer or final finish is ideal as a solution during the construction phase. An FD30 fire rated door usually provides sufficient protection. However, a higher rating may be required depending on the type of fire risks and building specifications. Fire doors, whether temporary or not, should be fitted with a self-closing device.
Build a fire door to your specifications and measurements using our fire door configurator. Choose a basic, unprimed finish, add door closers, intumescent fire and smoke seals and frames if required.
Find out more about temporary fire protection during construction in our article fire safety on construction sites.