Fire Training – How to Properly Use a Fire Door

Posted May 11th, 2018

Fire doors are efficient ways of keeping people and rooms safer during a fire. In the event of a fire, marked fire doors create an escape route through a building until an individual can get to a ground floor fire exit. Fire doors are typically made of solid timber and are capable of withstanding the heat and flames of a fire for up to 30 minutes.

There are ways to properly use and maintain a fire door which should always be adhered to. Fire doors should be kept closed at all times unless there’s a fire, in which case, the door should be shut behind the last person exiting the building.

Fire doors should never be wedged or propped open, even if it makes going through the door with heavy or large loads/packages easier. Never bend the closing mechanism of a fire door to keep it open, either. Doing this could cause enough damage to the door to render it inoperable, which would help a fire spread easily into the next section of the building.

Do not store any items against the fire door, or behind it, especially if they are combustible. Though the door, itself, may withstand flames, the wall around it is likely not build for explosions or fire in general. The items piled by a fire door may ignite if a fire were to occur on the other side of the door; creating a hazard for people exiting, as well as for the emergency teams entering the building.

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