Substitutes to the Classic Fire Door: Hospitals

Classic fire doors can be found around stairwells and elevator shafts in most buildings to restrict the flow of smoke and fire in the case of an emergency.

While classic fire doors can be quite effective when unobstructed and deployed properly, fire and smoke containment systems are a little more complex for buildings in the healthcare industry such as hospitals.

Hospitals present many unique obstacles including secure access points, easy open doors to push gurneys through, and the capability to quarantine areas of infectious diseases and research labs. Obviously, traditional fire doors aren’t always the best option. The use of deployable smoke and fire curtains allow hospitals to maintain the flow of traffic for emergency situations without sacrificing safety.

Flexible smoke-rated curtains provide a variety of benefits to hospitals, including:

  • Increases safety – fire and smoke curtains cannot be blocked with furniture or door stops like traditional fire doors

  • Improves traffic flow – fire curtains are installed into wall or ceiling cavities and therefore help maintain clear and open hallways for when second really matter

  • Compliments complete fire management – deployable fire curtains are a great addition to a comprehensive fire management system including exhaust fans and sprinklers

Smoke Guard California provides a variety of smoke and fire-rated curtains for all your building’s needs. If you have more questions, contact a SGCA representative today. Our experienced team can help answer technical and code-related questions to find a fire safety solution that fits your budget and needs.