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First Line Of Defense: What Is A Fire Door And Why Are They Important?

Published January 28th, 2022 by Secure IT Securities Corp.

First Line Of Defense: What Is A Fire Door And Why Are They Important?

In 2019, there were more than a million fires in the United States. These fires led to thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in property damage.

Even though the rate of indoor fires is trending downward, one could still occur in your building. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make your home and business safer before the fire even starts.

Fire doors are a key component of any robust fire prevention strategy. If you don't have any fire doors in your home or business, now is the time to consider installing them.

If you're thinking, "What is a fire door?". Keep reading to learn what they are and why you should install one in your home or business today.

What Is A Fire Door?

Fire doors look a lot like regular doors, but they are built with special materials designed to be fire-resistant.

While fire doors often have windows in them, the windows must be made with a special kind of fire-resistant glass. These windows also often have mesh wiring inside them to prevent the windows from shattering.

A fire door must also have a door closer that helps it shut automatically after someone has opened the door. When the door closes, there should be little to no gap between the door and the frame on all sides. All fire doors also have an intumescent strip in the door frame to keep smoke and fire from spreading from one side of the door to the other.

Fire doors can be used in single-family residential homes, but they are only required by law to be used in commercial buildings, or residential buildings that include common-use spaces (such as a lobby or office space). Fire doors should be inspected regularly to ensure their continued efficacy.

How To Install a Fire Door?

You'll need to talk to a professional to get a fire door installed in your home or business.

Luckily, Securities IT Securities Corp. can help you out. As a full-service fire and life safety solutions company, we can help you with everything including design, installation, and testing of your fire safety and security systems. No matter what issue you're facing, we can help you find a resolution and keep your home, or business safe for years to come.

Fireproof Your Home or Business Today

Now that you know the answer to the question, "What is a fire door?" you can take the next steps to protect yourself, your employees, and your family today. Installing a fire-rated door in your home or business will help the people you care about, and give you the time you need to work your evacuation plan in order to make it to an emergency exit with minimal risk of danger.

Are you ready to get started? Fill out the form on our website to get your free estimate today!

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