Typical shoppers or patrons may not give a lot of thought to the fire doors at any particular business, such as a store, a restaurant or a club.
Certainly, our knowledge and appreciation of these may change in the event of an actual fire, especially if they’re the closest to our location and the rest of the nearby crowd is heading that way. But for the most part, these types of doors don’t attract much attention other than perhaps reading that they’re not an exit, we’re not supposed to use them except in case of emergencies, and that an alarm may sound if we do.
But the usefulness of fire doors can be a different story if you’re the owner or property manager of a business or a building. In the event of an actual fire, these doors can serve an important role in keeping flames and smoke from spreading to different parts of your building and can minimize overall costs and property damage. They also can serve as a means of escape for your staff and customers.