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The Difference Between an FD30 and FD60 Fire Door

Overview of Fire Doors

FD30 and FD60 fire doors are an integral part of any fire compartmentation system. Such systems are required in all buildings whereby staff, residents, students, visitors or any person is present. According to the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), we build passive fire protection such as fire doors into the structure of a building to safeguard people’s lives and limit the financial impact of damage to buildings and their contents.

Doors have to prevent the passage of flames and hot gases for the relevant period. Secondly, to protect people needing to evacuate by keeping escape routes clear. So, a building owner needs to ensure the routine maintenance of fire doors to keep them in excellent working condition.

FD30 & FD60

There are two main types of fire door. FD30 doors provide 30 minutes of fire resistance whilst FD60 doors provide 60 minutes of shielding from fire.

Eventually, the door will succumb to the fire but the time it takes to do so will provide vital time for any persons in the building to vacate safely and without harm.

In the UK, most FD30 and FD60 fire doors are still timber based. On the other hand, steel fire doors are generally specified for industrial applications or where longer fire resistance is required i.e. 90, 120 or 240 minutes.

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Some fire doors provide protection from the spread of cold smoke which can be potentially fatal. To provide this level of protection, FD30s doors are fitted with a smoke seal consisting of brushes and/or intumescent strips.

If you are specifying an FD30 or FD60 fire door to be installed as a replacement in your existing building or as part of a new project, please contact us for details. Furthermore, we are happy to talk about any of our passive fire protection products & services.

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