Compliance Tags and Construction: Critical Fire Door Choices

While choosing the right fire doors for your construction is critical, you should keep in mind that installing fire doors correctly is just as important.

Why Is the Right Fire Door Installation So Important?

The process of installing fire doors must be in compliance with the current national standards and requirements set out by the Building Code of Australia and the relevant Australian Standards (AS 1905.1 and AS1530.4).

Failure to adhere to these codes can result in penalties, as well as additional costs in having to upgrade or fix your doors or installation faults.

In addition to this, correctly installing fire doors is a significant component of your building’s fire safety plan and is essential in saving lives and preventing extensive damage in the event of a fire.

Before Installing Your Fire Doors, You Should:

•    Ensure that the individual or company you have hired to install the doors is fully licensed and qualified to carry out the fire safety installation and certification

•    Make sure that your fire doors are being installed in fire walls and that the type of door chosen will preserve the fire rating of that same wall

•    Double-check that all doors, door frames and hardware is on par with the tested/approved prototype for that door and its accessories

•    Confirm with your builder or installer that all your fire doors will be installed in accordance with the tested/approved construction and installation requirements for that door.

Installing Your Fire Doors

It is crucial that your fire door installation receives the required fire rating once installation is complete. If your installation does not meet the standards for certification, you will need to replace or re-install the door. Also be vary of the different types of fire doors – sliding fire doors, hinged fire doors and double action fire doors – and how installation may vary between them.

When installing fire doors, you must ensure that:

•    Your door leaf is being installed and hung the correct way up, particularly if the door has been pre-fitted with plates for hinges and locks
•    No more than 6mm is to be trimmed from any edge of the fire door; if you need to trim more than 6mm off the door, you will need to order a custom door to fit your specific sizing needs
•    Only 3mm of clearance must be evident between the custom fire door and the frame at the head and the stiles; if more than a 3mm gap exists, your fire door will be non-compliant
•    No more than 10mm and no less than 3mm of clearance must be evident between the fire door and finished floor; if more than a 10mm gap exists between the door and floor, your door will not comply with Australian standards
•    The sill of the opening must be made from a non-combustible product, such as concrete
•    The locks or closing mechanisms on each door have been fire tested and certified (remember, all fire doors must be self-latching); all furniture, handles and any other fixture fitted to the door leaf must be tested/ and certified locks must have a 127mm back set
•    No deadbolts (or similar locks) are installed on any fire door; this goes against the Building Codes of Australia, is contrary to the Australian Standards and will result in non-compliancey

Compliance Tags

Once your fire-rated doors and frames have been correctly installed, the final part of the installation process is to fix each of your doors with a Compliance Tag (see also – fire door signage).

•    A Compliance Tag confirms that the door it is attached to has been tested, installed correctly and that it is able to uphold the relevant fire-resistant rating
•    All Compliance Tags should include the necessary fire door information, such as: the manufacturer’s name, fire rating/resistant level, owner’s name, certifier’s name, the year the door was manufactured and the item serial number
•    A Compliance Tag must remain on the door for the life of the door; beware of using low quality adhesive that will cause the tag to become ‘unstuck’ over time – this can result in both non-compliance and can cause inspection/maintenance problems later on.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Fire Door Installation Guide

Fire door installation is a crucial step in all building projects. Here is everything you need to know about the process.

Fire door installation is crucial for a myriad of reasons, especially personal safety, building protection and compliance with the law. Here at Fire Safe Doors, our team of friendly experts is well-equipped to carry out the installation process for you, as well as to handle any other fire door-related inquiries you may have.

In this article, we will be providing you with an in-depth guide on our fire door installation procedures, as well as the different options available to you, depending on the commercial or residential building project at hand. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your project with us, our contact details are here. So, without further ado, please see our installation guide below.

1. Types of fire door installation

Our Fire Safe Doors team has years of experience in the supply and installation of many fire door types, comprising different materials. This includes the installation of internal and external door panels, sliding fire doors and glass fire doors. However, no matter the project, we recommend installing a fire-rated door over a non-fire-rated door. A fire-rated door set comprises a fire door frame, fire door leaf, and hardware including handles, locks, air grilles and vision panels.

As specified under Australian Standard AS1905.1, Fire rated door sets must be self-latching to gain certification. Once a fire door set has ben installed properly, a tag and certificate is granted and placed on the fire door frame. Here at Fire Safe Doors, we conduct out work in both fire-rated and non-fire-rated facilities. We also provide certification for fire-rated door supply and installations. Furthermore, we ensure that all our work complies with any building or fire safety codes.

2. Key installation tips

According to the BCA (Building Code of Australia), all fire doors must be installed in compliance with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1905.1.2015. This set of guidelines describes the key requirements necessary to ensure that all doors are fitted into a property correctly.  Here are some of the key points outlined by the regulation.

  • Fire-rated door frames need to be fitted to tested prototype specifications.
  • Generally, the clearance between the fire door and frame at the head of the stiles must not go over 3mm.
  • The sill of the opening must comprise either concrete or another non-combustible material.
  • Close attention must be paid to how the door is hung, to ensure it is facing the correct way.
  • Once the installation process is over, fire door sets must have metal certification tags (AS 1905.1 2015) added to them.

3. How we can help

In partnership with Fire Door Core, safety and compliance is at the forefront of our design and testing processes, to ensure that our clients are equipped with fire doors that meet all relevant BCA and Australian Standards.

To request a quote for the installation, manufacture, maintenance or customisation of fire-rated doors for your building projects today, please contact us at Fire Safe Doors, and our friendly team of experts will happily assist you in kickstarting your fire safety journey.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

How to Get a Fire Door Quote

Fire door installation and customisation requirements vary per project. Our team at Fire Safe Doors can simplify the process. Contact us for an assessment and quote today.

No matter what your fire door-related enquiries are, we can help. Upon assessment of your project’s needs, our friendly team of experts at Fire Safe Doors can provide you with an accurate quote. Whether it be custom door manufacturing, installation of panels, fire testing, or assessing and updating heritage doors, we can handle each step of the process.

Over many years in business, we’ve developed a large builder and developer clientele. However, we are always excited and equipped to work with new clients. At Fire Safe Doors, we believe that a highly-personalised service is what sets us apart from other providers.

We carry out projects in both fire-rated and non-fire-rated facilities, providing certification for fire-rated door supply and installations. Additionally, we always ensure that our work complies with any building or fire safety codes.

In partnership with Fire Door Core, safety and compliance is at the forefront of our design and testing processes, to ensure that our clients are equipped with fire doors that meet all relevant BCA and Australian Standards. To request a fire door quote today, reach out to us here and we’d be happy to discuss your project.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

How to Conduct a Fire Drill in the Workplace

Fire drills are important to conduct within organisations. For staff and patrons, they can be a life-saving measure during fire emergencies.

In every workplace, it is important to establish actionable procedures to be carried out in the event of fire hazards and emergencies. With the guidance of fire safety experts, and an appointed fire warden, employers can ensure that they have an effective fire drill practice in place, for new and existing staff to undergo, in compliance with fire safety regulations, and an organisation’s legal duty of care.

For those who may be inexperienced in developing or conducting an effective fire drill for a team of people to follow, you may feel confused about how and where to start. In this article, we provide seven general and easy-to-follow steps on how to prepare and conduct a fire drill in the workplace.

1. Ensure the building is fitted with fire-rated doors and smoke alarms

Fire safety begins with your surroundings. Prior to establishing a fire drill, it’s important to ensure that the building is equipped with the appropriate fire-safe materials, including a fire-rated door. Here at Fire Safe Doors, we are experts at building fire-rated doors that are stringently tested to withstand flames for a specific period of time, depending on the Fire Resistance Level (FRL) applied to the door. Put simply, Fire Resistance Levels measure structure, integrity and insulation. 

Additionally, make sure the building has correctly-fitted and functioning smoke alarms, which are tested once a month. One of the most important ways to ensure their effectiveness is to install them in the right locations. For example, one crucial location would be within 3 metres of a cooking appliance, as a large number of fires begin in kitchens. On the other hand, a location to avoid is near windows, as drafts can cause them to go off without warrant.

2. Set clear objectives for the fire drill and convey them to staff

Prior to conducting a fire drill, it is important to set the right goals and have a clear purpose in mind to convey to staff. For example, is one of your goals to reduce the amount of time it takes for all personnel to safely evacuate the building? In general, the duration of most fire drills is five to 15 minutes.  If a work environment contains serious fire hazards, then fire drills are recommended to conduct once every three months. For less-hazardous workplaces, one fire drill every six months is the recommended interval.

3. Seek training and advice from fire safety experts

When developing a fire evacuation plan, it is crucial to consult fire safety experts who can review, adjust and approve your procedures. For example, you can reach out to ComSafe Training Services, which is a commercial sector of Fire and Rescue NSW. They are also a registered training organisation (RTO91235) that can aid your team in the development and deployment of a fire drill.

For starters, ensuring you have a floor plan drawn up of the workplace building As a general guide, Draw a floor plan of your home, including two ways of escape from each room. Plan an escape route and ensure everyone knows how to get out.

4. Follow the right steps when developing a fire drill

As a starting point, it is imperative to have a floor plan of the workplace building drawn up. This can be a great way to visualise and mark escape routes, as you map out the evacuation journey. Next, ensure that fire exit doors are not blocked by any objects such as furniture, or other potentially heavy items that may be difficult to move out of the way in the event of an emergency. As advised by Fire and Rescue NSW, keeping window and door keys next to locks can be crucial, should a fire evacuation be necessary.

At the onset of a fire emergency, it is important to act immediately. Don’t delay taking action. Ensure you set a designated assembly area, evacuation route, and designated meeting point outside of the building. Once staff left the building, do not go back inside, until you receive confirmation from fire safety experts, such as firefighters, that all hazards have been mitigated. And, of course, dial ‘000’ for emergency assistance. It is important employers and managers to relay all of this information to their team members, so that everyone is aware of these general safety steps.

5. Appoint a fire warden

In the workplace, designated fire wardens play an integral role in the assistance, implementation and improvement of fire drills, and other relevant safety procedures. In the event of a fire evacuation practice, their primary responsibilities are to lead the fire drill, possess sound knowledge of the building’s fire exits and escape routes, ensure all personnel are accounted for, assist/instruct employees throughout the procedure, and ensure that obstructions are eliminated for staff members with special requirements, such as wheelchair access.

6. Set the right expectations

When there is no imminent danger, fire drills may not be taken seriously by staff members. However, if an actual fire emergency was to occur, this attitude would not be helpful. Therefore, as a team leader, it is important to communicate the importance and seriousness of the fire safety practice, and the necessity of its existence, to ensure that staff remain attentive during the experience, and gain the knowledge required to protect themselves and their colleagues.

7. Action the fire drill

Before the fire drill commences, request the fire warden, and any other personnel with delegated duties, to go to their designated positions and observation points in the building. Once the fire alarm is set off and the drill commences, the appointed warden should carefully monitor the execution of the drill, so as to identify any procedural bottlenecks, inefficiencies or hazardous practices that may arise. Lastly, ensure that the fire drill is timed by a designated team member, so as to ensure the entire process occurs within a safe and appropriate time frame.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Commercial Fire-Rated Doors vs Non-Fire-Rated Doors

To effectively fireproof commercial buildings, it’s best to install fire-rated doors over non-fire-rated doors. But what’s the difference? 

Fire doors are crucial safety assets in commercial and industrial spaces. However, not all fire doors are built the same. While non-fire-rated doors can comprise any fire-resistant materials, fire-rated doors are constructed and tested to hold out against fires at defined temperatures for certain time durations, be it either 30, 60, or 120 minutes.

This stipulated timeframe is the amount of time they are equipped to resist catching fire, as well as to prevent the passage of smoke and flames from one section of a building to the next.

fire-rated doors

Here at Fire Safe Doors, we are experts at building fire-rated doors that are stringently tested to withstand flames for a specific period of time, depending on the Fire Resistance Level (FRL) applied to the door. Put simply, Fire Resistance Levels measure structure, integrity and insulation. 

In addition to providing ongoing monitoring, testing and maintenance to ensure durability, we also make certain that all of our work is conducted in compliance with building codes, fire safety codes and Australian Fire Door Regulations for Commercial or Industrial Properties.

While fire-rated doors and non-fire-rated doors can look quite similar at first glance, the difference between the two is primarily in the materials. As mentioned above, non-fire-rated doors can comprise any fire-resistant materials, including steel, glass, timber, aluminum, gypsum or galvanized iron. 

Fire-rated doors are manufactured with a combination of materials that work together to cease or slow down the spreading of smoke and flames. Commonly, these materials consist of steel, wood, fire-rated glass, and fiberglass. 

Finally, how do fire-rated doors actually work? Well, around the edges of a fire door, you will find intumescent seals, which are purpose-built to expand when temperatures reach above 200°C, to close the gaps between the door and door frame.

Put simply, fire-rated doors protect the lives of individuals and buildings in two key ways: By creating a barrier to prevent the spread of smoke and flames when the door is closed, and by facilitating an escape route when the door is opened. 

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Fire doors vs smoke doors – spot the difference

Fire doors and smoke doors offer protective barriers during fires, but in different ways. How can you tell which is which?

When installed and monitored effectively, quality-built fire doors and smoke doors offer crucial barrier protection in the event of building fires. However, the two doors are designed to protect buildings and residents in different ways.

For starters, smoke doors are built to block out smoke, as well as flammable items. On the other hand, fire doors are built to slow down and prevent the spread of flames by keeping them partitioned. For those of you who may be unaware of their different characteristics, it can be hard to tell which is which. Here are three elements to look out for.

fire doors vs smoke doors

1. Check the certification label

To comply with fire safety regulations, fire doors and smoke doors must be clearly labelled to aid with differentiation. Check for the certification label, which would likely be on the top corner of the door leaf.


2. Identify the different materials

Smoke doors generally comprise wood, steel and aluminium. They’re designed to last only a certain amount of time, and may need more maintenance. Fire doors, however, comprise materials that are flame-resistant, so that they maintain durability and effectiveness for longer periods of time.


3. Spot the protection features

Smoke doors are fitted with specialty seals. These seals are designed to protect people by activating as soon as a smoke detector goes off. Fire doors on the other hand are fitted with different features, such as a fire-resistant sealant, which is designed to keep the door shut during a fire, to prevent the flames from spreading further across the building.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Fire Rated Glazing, Explained

Fire Rated Glazing is an ideal option for environments that need visibility as well as fire protection.

When we think of a fire door, we probably don’t think of a wide glass door. That’s because the majority of fire doors are built with steel and timber, not to mention the vermiculate core board, responsible for keeping the whole design insulant.

However, sometimes, for aesthetic or functional reasons, a solid material just won’t cut it. That’s where fire-rated glazing comes in. Let’s talk about how it works, its uses, and when to opt for the protective glaze.

How it works

The most important function to examine when discussing fire-rated glazing is its two different specifications; fire-protective, and fire-resistive.

Fire-protective glazing will prevent smoke and fire from spreading, however, it will not combat heat transfer. This means that the glass on the other side will still be dangerous to touch, and objects on the other side of the fire will still heat up – people included. If you’ve ever stood close to a campfire you’ll know just how fierce that heat can be.

On the other hand, fire-resistive glazing will prevent smoke and fire from spreading as well as conducting heat. This means the high temperature will be less easily transferred to the opposing room. This radiant heat is contained via a ‘fire-resistive assembly’, which means the multiple layers of glass are separated with interlayers, designed to resist heat.

Which type of glazing does my building need?

Obviously, fire-resistive glazing is the most optimum glaze to achieve the ultimate, longest-lasting fire protection. That being said, your building may already have enough fire-safety exits or measurements in place for it to pass the legal requirements without the premium glaze. Of course, you can still opt for the fire-resistive glazing if you’d like, but it may not be necessary depending on your building’s situation.

It’s crucial that you double-check with your installer about which type of glaze is required for your building to stay up to the relevant fire building codes, of which there are many. Whatever glaze your building requires must be based on these codes. We’ll be happy to inform you further through an inspection or installation

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

The Dos and Don’ts Of Fire Doors

If the fire door in your building leaves you with more questions than answers, you’ve come to the right place.

A fire door isn’t a device to be installed and forgotten. A fire door can only function to the fullest of potential if you understand its purpose, application and upkeep. That’s why we’re counting down the dos and don’ts of the crucial safety device.


Before installing a fire door, it’s important to read the relevant Building Codes of Australia. These codes will mandate the type and location of your fire door, in order to uphold the legal safety requirements.

Do hire a qualified installer to install and set up your fire door. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials from your installer to ensure your door is installed correctly and legally.

Get your fire doors inspected regularly, as per the recommendation advice of your installer. This will ensure that your building will be up to scratch with the latest codes for when federal, state or local inspections are conducted.

It’s wise to keep all of your fire door documentation. They will be useful to your installers for when maintenance checks or repairs need to be made.


Under no circumstance should a fire door be locked. Fire Doors are designed to be easily opened and closed to prevent wasting precious time during an emergency. Even if everyone in your building has access to a key, the fire door should still remain unlocked at all times.

Never wedge open a fire door – this is actually illegal. Leaving a gap between the door and the building space immediately negates the functionality of a fire door. A wedged open fire door will provide minimal protection to you in an emergency, as the fire can spread rapidly past the fire door into the proceeding area.

Don’t leave anything in front of a fire door. One of the most important aspects of a fire escape plan is having a clear path to safety. If the path to your fire door is obstructed in any way, it’s important to remove these objects immediately. This is because they will pose as potential tripping hazards during an emergency, as well as increase the time it takes to evacuate.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

Fire Door Inspection & Servicing Guide

There are a myriad of factors to consider when it comes to Fire Door inspection and servicing, so we’re examining the relevant codes.

Fire Doors and Smoke Doors both require regular inspections to ensure the integrity of their functionality and FRL (fire-resistance level) are upheld.

To simplify the process, we’re looking through the relevant ABC’s (Australian Building Codes) so you know when your fire safety gear needs checking.

There are a few measures that can be taken to help save lives in the event of a fire. Of course, safety equipment such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers and fire doors are essentials. If the occupants of the building have conducted multiple fire drills and know where the exits are, that’s even better. However, all of these practices can account for nothing if the fire-safety equipment is not functional.

Building Code AS1851-2012 states that routine maintenance “is concerned with the principle that a system will continue to perform to the approved design when routine service is conducted on a pre-determined and regular basis”. So, what are these pre-determined time periods? Let’s take a look.

Unless counselled otherwise by a qualified fire-safety inspector, these are the measures your building needs to maintain:

  • Fire Doors and Smoke Doors both require an inspection every 6 months at the minimum.
  • Sliding Fire Doors require an inspection every 3 months at the mimimum
  • Fire Doors in private residential apartments require an inspection every year at the minimum
  • Passive fire door systems (such as smoke alarms and sprinklers) require inspection every year at the minimum, although we would recommend even more frequent checks.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs.