Fire Exit Doors

Fire exit doors are not only a good-to-have feature in buildings; they are a legal requirement in all commercial premises and blocks of flats. Choosing the right door is an important investment, so we are here to help you choose the perfect fire exit door that meets fire safety regulations, while also being aesthetically appealing. 

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    Tailor-Made Emergency Exit Doors

    Whether you are looking for fire exit doors for a whole building or need to replace one or two existing doors, we can help. With years of experience, our expert team is dedicated to providing you with excellent service and quality products that meet your expectations.

    First and foremost, you can rest assured Sykes doors meet all regulations and safety requirements. Ultimately, that is what they are there to do – keep everyone in the building safe.

    We know how important design can be as well, so we can help tailor the door to your branding. Get in touch with us today and we will work with you to design a door that meets your requirements.

    Blue aluminium fire exit door with push bar

    Fire Exit Door Regulations in the UK

    Emergency fire doors come in different sizes, but they all need to meet certain regulations. As stated by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire exit doors:

    • Must open in the direction of escape. This means they should open outwards.
    • Must not be locked. Otherwise, this might slow down a person in an emergency.
    • Must not be a sliding or revolving door. Instead, it should be fitted with a panic bar that makes it easy to push and open it outwards. 
    • Must be indicated with a sign. This makes it easier for people to find it.

    All of our fire exit doors are made and fitted with the legislation in mind, so you can rest assured they meet the regulations required by law. You can find out more about the law requirements in our recent blog about fire regulations in commercial buildings.

    Blue Aluminium Commercial Door

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can a Fire Exit Door Be Left Open?

    Yes, fire exit doors can be left open but as they are external ones, leaving them open can present a security risk, so it’s advised not to do it. The doors that you can’t leave open are fire resistant doors, also known as fire doors, as their purpose is to stop a fire from spreading, so the law requires you to always keep them closed.

    Can a Fire Exit Door Be Used as an Entrance?

    Yes, you can use a fire exit door as an entrance. However, emergency exit doors are usually designed to be opened only from the inside, so you’ll need to install an outside access device (OAD) to be able to open it from the outside.

    Can Fire Exit Doors Open Inwards? 

    The only occasion on which a fire exit door is allowed to open inwards is if it provides access for less than 60 people. Otherwise, all emergency exit doors are required to open outwards by law.

    Can You Lock a Fire Exit Door?

    For security reasons, fire exit doors can be locked to prevent people from entering from the outside, but panic bars have to be fitted on the inside to allow people to open them easily in case of an emergency.

    Is a Fire Door and Fire Exit the Same?

    No, fire doors, also known as fire-rated doors, are fire-resistant and are fitted inside buildings. They’re designed to stop the fire from spreading across the building. On the other hand, fire exit doors are not fire resistant; they’re fitted as the final opening to the outside of the building and their sole purpose is to allow people easy access to the outside in an emergency.

    Why Choose Sykes London & Shopfronts?

    Once you choose a fire exit door, it will be there for years to come, making it an important investment. Here at Sykes, we will not only design a door that meets your exact requirements, but we will provide you with an after-sales service, too. Keeping your door in tip-top shape is required by law and our experts are on hand to provide you with a door maintenance service as well.

    2 Week Turnaround

    All of our jobs are delivered with a two-week turnaround time from the receipt of your order.

    Your One-Stop-Shop

    Here at Sykes, we don’t just fit shopfronts, but we also manufacture and maintain them. Our end to end service sets us apart.

    After Sales Service

    We are on hand to offer support when you need it, delivering 100% customer satisfaction. All shutters include a full warranty too.

    Colour Match

    Branding is important. We can manufacture your shopfront in any colour that you require and can match the colour to your branding.

    Contact Us Today For a Free Quote

    Want to find out more about our stunning range of glass shopfronts? Tell us about your job today and we will visit your shop to deliver an onsite, free and accurate quotation. Experience our amazing end to end service today.