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What is the purpose of a fire-rated door?

Class 125 Four-Hour Rated Vault Door

A fire-rated door is used for fire protection and safety purposes in buildings in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. It serves several critical functions that help prevent the spread of fire and smoke, protect occupants, and provide a safe means of evacuation. Here are some key uses of fire-rated doors.

  • Compartmentalization Fire-rated doors are strategically placed throughout a building to compartmentalize different areas or sections. In the event of a fire, these doors help contain the fire to a specific area, preventing it from rapidly spreading to other parts of the building.
  • Evacuation routes Fire-rated doors are often installed along evacuation routes, such as stairwells and corridors. These doors provide occupants with a protected path to safely exit the building during a fire emergency.
  • Hazardous areas Fire-rated doors are used to separate hazardous areas—such as rooms containing flammable materials, electrical equipment, or machinery—from other parts of the building. This containment helps to keep the fire from reaching these hazardous areas and causing explosions and other dangerous situations.
  • Fire exits Fire-rated doors are commonly used as fire exits in commercial and residential Lehigh Valley buildings. They provide a secure means of egress during a fire, allowing occupants to escape to a safe location.
  • Compartmentalized rooms In buildings with specific fire safety requirements, fire-rated doors can be used to separate individual rooms and compartments to prevent fire and smoke from spreading.
  • Building codes and regulations Building codes and regulations often require the installation of fire-rated doors in specific locations based on the building’s occupancy type, height, and use. Compliance with these codes is essential for maintaining a safe environment for occupants.
  • Structural protection Fire-rated doors contribute to the structural integrity of the building by resisting the effects of heat and fire. This can buy valuable time for firefighters to control the fire and prevent collapse.
  • Property protection Fire-rated doors also help protect property and assets within a building by minimizing the extent of fire damage and reducing the risk of complete destruction.

Overall, fire-rated doors play a crucial role in fire safety by slowing down the spread of fire and smoke, allowing occupants more time to evacuate and emergency responders more time to intervene. Their strategic placement and compliance with fire safety regulations are essential for maintaining a safe and secure building environment.

FIRELOCK® manufacturers fire-rated doors to comply with a 1-hour, 2-hour, 4-hour and 6-hour UL Rated Class 350 rating. Getting a quote for your project is easy—simply click here and fill out the form.

About Firelock

Since 1982, FIRELOCK® has been the world’s leading manufacturer of media-rated modular vault chambers. Unlike poured-in-place concrete vaults, FIRELOCK® vaults are constructed from individual panels, filled with a heat-resistant ceramic material, and are lightweight, movable, and expandable. When combined with current high-density storage systems, FIRELOCK® vaults offer extremely high space efficiency at a considerable cost advantage per cubic foot of storage. The value of assets stored in FIRELOCK® vaults today reaches hundreds of billions of dollars and ranges from priceless animation cells and World Wrestling Entertainment videos to pharmaceutical research records and U.S. Department of Education student loan information.

When you purchase a FIRELOCK® vault, you invest in the highest-performing vault on the market today, and ensure the protection of your most vital records and irreplaceable items. You gain the ability to store microfilm, computer media, file servers, and paper in one location, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the finest environmental- and fire-protection elements are in place.

FIRELOCK® has been in business since 1982, and during that time we have installed over 2000 vaults around the world. Because of this broad experience, we know how to build a vault that will provide you with maximum protection today and have the flexibility to grow with you over time.