When Are Fire Doors Required?
Fire doors are crucial in protecting the means of escape in any building, allowing safe escape through the exits, and are crucial in buildings that have a ‘stay put’ fire plan, as they provide the means to seek refuge in a compartment. However, whilst many fire doors are designed to be kept closed at all times, certain fire doors are designed to stay open under normal circumstances, and close automatically in the event of a fire.
Are fire doors a legal requirement?
Yes! Fire Doors are a fundamental element of compartmentation and are required by Approved Document B in satisfying the building regulations.
Where are fire doors required in commercial buildings?
Commercial buildings are defined in Approved Document B volume 2. To fulfil the functional requirements of the building regulations, fire doors are required in set locations in commercial buildings.