Fire safety is of the utmost importance in all manner of building types. If you are looking to boost fire safety in your home, whilst also improving home security standards and crime prevention there are a few things you need to know. First, is that timber fire doors are of the highest quality in the land, and finding a fire door supplier that you trust will go a long way to ensuring that you meet the regulatory demands of fire doors, but also that you meet your own very high standards when it comes to crime prevention and home security solutions.
One area in which many people aim to improve these standards is in situations where there is a garage or outbuilding directly joined to the main domestic structure of a home. There is usually a connecting door between the two, and this door should be upgraded with both fire safety and home security in mind. You must hire a professional fire door installer to fit a timber fire door as the main door between your domestic building and an outbuilding (such as a garage) to ensure that it meets all guidelines.
Once you have picked a supplier it is important to choose a fire door that has been fully tested and meets the highest of British Standards. The best fire door companies will even test the timber fire door with the doorset during the fire test phase, and try out additional fittings that have been devised to assist in the fire resistance characteristics of the door.
It is important that if a fire breaks out either in the outbuilding or the main building that the timber fire door performs to the highest level to prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas of the building, allowing for a safe and speedy exit route for those inside.
For a door installed between the main domestic dwelling and an outbuilding it should be treated in the same way as an external door, and this is where the crime prevention angle comes into play. Not only should the door be fire resistant and fitted with a door closer, it should also be as strong as any external door to your home. If your car is inside and a burglar gains entry to your home, a flimsy connecting door at this point will lead to an easy steal, and your car and garage belongings stolen.
There is a range of minimum security requirements for an adjoining door such as this that you should be aware of. Always use a master locksmith alongside the professional fire door suppliers, to ensure that one is not detrimentally affecting the other. Minimum requirements include that it should be hung on three hinges, secured to the brick or block in a specific way, and have a specific mortice sashlock fitted. It is also advised that a door viewer is fitted for easy viewing of the inside of the garage. Additional security includes reinforcing bars on the inner face of the hinge, and reinforcing plates either side of the mortice sashlock.