Passive Fire Protection helps maintain the integrity of your building, containing the fire to save lives, reduce damage to your premises and prevent the loss of valuable assets.

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The key to passive fire protection is to contain the fire to a particular compartment or room, giving occupants enough time to escape and the emergency services enough time to enter the building and tackle the fire. Fire doors are an integral part of this, designed to prevent the fire or smoke from spreading.

Fire Doors

Fire Doors work together in an integrated system in order to preserve life and property by:

1 – compartmentalising a fire; and

2 – creating and protecting an escape route through the building. For example, to protect a corridor from rooms opening on to it, or a stairwell from the corridor(s) it serves.

In serving to compartmentalise a building and/or preserve an escape route, the function of a fire door, when closed, is to provide resistance to smoke/fire for a minimum specified length of time.

Typically, this is 30 minutes or 60 minutes (FD30 or FD60). It is possible to have steel fire doors offering up to 4 hours resistance but this level of protection is usually only a requirement in specific, high-risk environments.

Thirty minutes should, in most situations, allow for the evacuation of premises and response of the emergency fire services. Your fire risk assessment should identify which level of fire resistance your fire doors should require.



Fire Door Installation

The installation of a fire door is as life critical as the product specification itself. 


As such, although a competent professional can install a fire door, it is recommended that the work be carried out under the BWF Fire Door Alliance Door Scheme.


The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that fire door installations are carried out correctly, safely and in compliance with current Building Regulations.