Why is it important to have Self-closing Door hinges?
In a fire, seconds count, smoke detectors are vital to alerting everyone of a fire in order to evacuate quickly. We all know people who leave bedroom doors open at night, knowing that the recommendation is to sleep with the door closed in case of a fire. Recently, I came across the Ceasefire Door Hinge, developed by a couple of firefighters from NYC to help with this problem.
The Ceasefire Door Hinge is a heat activated hinge. When the heat from a fire reaches a predetermined temperature, the passive spring mechanism engages in the hinge and releases to close the door, containing the fire. These hinges do not require batteries or electricity to operate.
Using these hinges in homes, apartment complexes, condominium complexes and small businesses, can help contain a fire allowing time to evacuate and lower the amount of property damage.
For medium to large commercial properties there are 3 options stated in the NFPA Codes and Standards. Code compliance is an essential safety measure created to protect people and property.
1.Self-closing fire doors are doors that, when opened and released, return to the closed position. Each time the door is opened the closer arm will return the door to the closed position immediately and latch. This type of door and closer is always in the closed position unless someone walks through the door.
2.An automatic-closing door is a door that is normally held in the open position or swings freely, but closes when the automatic-closing device is activated.
3.Power-operated fire door is a door that normally is opened and closed electrically. These doors are equipped with a releasing device that shall automatically disconnect when the fire alarm engages; the door will close and latch, regardless of power failure or manual operation.
According to NFPA 80 commercial doors should be inspected at the very least once a year. Are you sure your doors will close completely in a fire? Call us today for a free locksmith audit of all the doors in your facility at 800-570-6478. Our locksmith will check all of your doors and create a report of anything they find…for free.