Hospital Door Fire Safety Solutions
Equip Your Hospital Door to Protect Against Smoke and Fire
Healthcare facilities help save and improve lives. When a fire breaks out, having the right hospital door equipment can contain the blaze and the smoke and prevent it from spreading.
Excessive Door Gaps Can Cause Fires to Spread at Hospitals
Excessive gaps are parts of the doorway not sufficiently covered by the door itself. They can be found at the top, bottom, or sides of the doorframe. These clearances can be created for a number of reasons, such as:
The Hospital Door is the Wrong Size
Sometimes, the problem is rather simple. The hospital door may not be the appropriate size for the doorway.
Replacing these hundreds, if not thousands, of doors with new ones is a costly and time-consuming endeavor. Instead, outfitting your existing door with equipment like gap fillers and strike extenders can meet this need.
An Ever-Changing Building
The hospital building, like any other structure, will settle with age. As the facility needs change, the building may also undergo extensive renovations that can result in excessive gaps in the doors, such as a change in flooring materials.
These structural changes can affect the door’s ability to adequately cover the doorway. In turn, if a fire were to occur, the door will not be able to sufficiently contain the spread of flames or smoke.
As with the building, a door’s hardware will degrade over time from repeated use. This can cause gaps to form in any part of the door frame. While replacing hardware will be a regular part of maintenance over the years, using the right hardware to fill any gaps that result from this can ensure that you are still code-compliant and keep the building’s occupants safe.
Solutions for Better Protecting Your Hospital Doors
When a fire occurs at a hospital it can spread swiftly if not contained. Having the right accessories on your fire-rated doors can prevent it from spreading to other rooms and causing devastating losses in its wake.
At Active Fire Door Products, we offer a number of solutions for better equipping your hospital doors such as:
Fire Door Gap Fillers
Gap fillers are designed to cover the entire perimeter of your hospital’s fire-rated doors. They are an easy-to-install solution for covering excessive gaps in your doorway.
In turn, installing gap fillers can close these spaces where smoke or flames might try to escape through. This not only protects your patients and staff, but it can buy enough time for the local fire department to arrive and extinguish the flames without damage extending further into the facility.
Strike Extensions and Filler Plates
The strike is the part of the doorway that holds the latch in place when closed. In some door configurations, this gap can create additional space for flames and smoke to escape. By using a strike extension or filler plate, this can be eliminated for a tighter and more secure seal.
Fire-rated door frame plugs can fill excess openings in the doorframe itself, such as holes that are not being used by the door. Depending on your needs or preferences, you can use either a snap or screwed-in configuration. This cuts off another potential opening through which fire or smoke could escape.