The risk of a fire breaking out in any commercial setting is real, and any measures you can put in place to reduce the damage a fire can cause are essential. A fire can stop your business in its tracks and be incredibly hard to recover from, even when you have adequate insurance in place. Industrial settings are at risk from many potential causes of fire, and having smoke alarms and sprinklers are some of the ways you can help prevent some of the fire risks. However, there is more that you can do.
Installing fire shutter doors to strategic internal and external areas will greatly slow the fire’s progression, offering a safer environment for your workforce and firefighters. A fire shutter will isolate areas, preventing the spread of fire, providing additional time to evacuate the building and for fire crews to arrive and begin tackling the blaze.
In many industrial settings, fire can spread in a matter of minutes, and smoke damage can be as disruptive to products and people as much as the fire itself. Confining the spread of fire by installing industrial fire doors and shutters makes sense. Preventing a fire from spreading and buying time to tackle the blaze could save your business. You could also find that it reduces your insurance premiums or opens up more insurers prepared to cover your risk.
Key benefits of fire shutter doors
- Internal or external fitting to give protection from external and internal fires.
- Valuable extra time for evacuation of staff and customers.
- Fire containment, inhibiting the spread of fire to adjoining areas.
- Giving firefighters safer spaces for getting the blaze under control.
- Potentially reduced insurance premiums.
- Extra high-quality security protection.
- Limiting the spread of harmful smoke and obnoxious fumes.
- Firefighters can safely tackle the blaze beside the door with less radiant heat effect.
Fire-resistant roller shutter door essential technical specifications
It is clear that fire protection measures are essential. You can not eliminate the risks of fire, but you can take measures to remove and reduce the damage it would do to your business. You should ensure that any fire shutter doors you choose fully comply with fire safety guidance and regulations, including LPS 1056 and British Standard 476. You should consider taking advice from the leading industrial door, loading bay and logistics solutions experts Fen-Bay Services, who manufacture, install and service the bespoke solutions that best fit your requirements.
A custom-fitted fire protection door will enable you to safely store combustible materials as close as half a metre away. The roller shutter will reduce radiant heat levels from 65 kw per square metre to a much reduced 2.7kw per square metre. Fire temperatures can quickly reach epic inferno proportions with 1200 degree temperatures. A fire shutter will protect adjoining areas, meaning you can increase floor space safely with reduced risk to items.
Bespoke fire shutter doors can be powder coated to match existing structures, with a 2 or 4-hour LPCB-certified electrically operated galvanised steel construction. A signal-controlled descent hood and manual override offer additional protection with an auto solenoid release also fitted.
To be legally compliant, you should ensure that any new fire shutter doors meet the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and that existing doors also meet the latest standards and have them serviced routinely. When choosing a fire shutter door, consult with experts who can help you identify the best placement and essential points, such as operational features, frequency of use and the potential connection to existing fire systems, to give you the best outcomes should the worst happen.