We’re being asked more and more about whether there is a need for fire doors in domestic houses. In short, the answer is ‘yes’ you may need fire doors in your home but only in certain circumstances.
The legislation is complicated, but as a general rule, places where lots of people live, like blocks of flats need to have more fire doors than detached houses. This is because of the greater risk of the fire spreading through people’s homes.
Fire doors are designed to prevent deaths in the event of fire. If a fire door is correctly installed, it can block smoke, fumes and flames for a lot longer than a normal door, usually between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the situation.
So, there are building regulations which suggest places that you need fire doors in domestic properties. This is a complex area, so we’re not able to offer you legal advice but just some suggestions of some of the circumstances when it’s likely you’re best to have 30 minute fire resistant doors fitted:
- Doors that adjoins a garage in a two-storey property (you need a step too!)
- New three storey properties must have fire doors on the third floor. This applies to loft conversions.
- In shared houses, its recommended to have a fire door between everyone’s private space.
- Doors to a protected stairway so people can escape.
- Doors to individual flats and apartments.
We have a truly huge range of fire doors to choose from, so you don’t need to compromise the look of your home just because you need a fire door.
Don’t forget, an open door provides no fire resistance! For more information on Fire doors click here.