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It's been a long time since we talked about security doors, so we thought it was due time for a refresher. Let's start by reminding ourselves what they are and why we need them.

What is a security door, and why do we need them?

Simply put, and as the name suggests, a security door provides enhanced defense and shielding from numerous unwanted circumstances and circumstances; as a repercussion they are likely to be heavy duty and of extremely solid (often but not constantly metal) construction, and terrific care will have been handled their design. There are a number of reasons why we might need them, chief amongst which are:

preventing unwanted access (conscious as constantly of emergency evacuations).

avoiding or decreasing the passage of fire and/or smoke.

security-- a style that eliminates the possibility of fingers getting caught in the door.

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Ramifications of not installing security doors ...

Well, there are numerous, and they all hinge (no pun meant) on being not able to avoid the undesirable things occurring: if your doors are not secure then it's easier for individuals to break in and take or damage your items and residential or commercial property; fire and smoke will ΠΟΡΤΑ ΑΣΦΑΛΕΙΑΣ spread out far more rapidly; and people's fingers can get caught in closing doors. So we're talking about numerous points on the scale which range from actual death through breaking the law and contravening guidelines through severely damaged hands and fingers through loss/damage of/to important assets to raised insurance premiums ... with all sorts of commercial ramifications.

Need we state more?

PAS 24.

This is your assurance that the door is being kept track of by a UKAS recognized accreditation body to guarantee compliance with PAS 24:201.

Improved security efficiency requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. External doorsets and windows planned to offer a level of security appropriate for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable danger and the specific and the pertinent product particular requirement for basic efficiency referenced in BS 6375 Components 1, 2 and 3.

PAS 24, like many British Standards, is a minimum standard. Simply put it doesn't include greater or lower grades for security, and so doors that are checked to the specifications of the standard either pass or fail. Although a few of the doorsets that pass will be a little more powerful than the minimum required, a minimum standard encourages engineers to create the door to pass at the minimum requirements. This makes financial and ecological sense and the efficiency of doors certificated to this standard has actually shown that the minimum levels set by the British Standards were practically spot on.

Classes of use.

Since there are all sorts of different environments where security doors are required, a number of which are used by the general public, as you might anticipate there is a British Standard to assist assist you through what kind of door you need: DD171:1987.

The basic sets out 4 levels or classes of usage:.

Light responsibility-- radio frequency of use and probably not that severe, such as in a private house.

Medium task-- medium frequency of usage, some opportunity of an accident, however the door is not generally used by the public-- for instance an internal office door.

Sturdy-- great deals of usage, consisting of by the public, and a fairly high opportunity of a mishap-- for instance in a retail outlet.

Extreme task-- the only image you require to have in your mind here is a school when the bell chooses playtime and all the children run towards the door. Enough stated!

Safehinge?

Setting up a safe and secure door to prevent unwanted access and the spread of fire and smoke is something, but how do we avoid fingers getting trapped? This is where Safehinge comes in-- a type of door hinge which entirely gets rid of any possibility of fingers getting caught by using a professional pivot set and a curved (aluminium) profile-- the space at the hinge when opening and closing is for that reason removed.

Professional recommendations.

We've touched on a few of the crucial things to think about when considering security doors, but naturally there are other considerations too; as normal it's important that you talk to the experts.

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