Should my access panels be fire-rated?

16th March 2022

Critical systems such as electrical wiring, heating, and ventilation, whilst essential to the functional running of a building, can also pose fire risks. Whether you’re building a compact commercial premises or a detached residential property, access panels can play a vital part in ensuring that the site meets the legal standards of fire safety.

Fire-rated access panels are designed to withstand the heat of a fire, and help to control the spread for a specified period of time. It’s vital to ensure the access panels within your building all meet the necessary requirements and fire rating for compliance and safety.

Benefits of having fire-rated access panels

The most apparent benefit of fire-rated access panels is their performance in a fire. Whilst fire-rated panels do not mitigate the risk of a fire starting, they can be incredibly effective at reducing damage and containing the spread in the event that a fire does occur. This gives you time to put the fire out safely, as well as to ensure a safe building evacuation. Once the fire has been dealt with, the contained spread of the flames could also reduce your costs of repair!

Fire-rated access panels can also be an essential part of modern builds, in order for them to meet the current fire-safety regulations. Although we would always advise protection over and above this legally mandated minimum, fire-rated access panels provide additional security and can help you meet both commercial and domestic building regulations.

As well as new builds, our panels can be easily retrofitted into old and existing properties. Get in touch with our team today to find out more.

At Rapid Access, we offer a range of easy-to-install access panels offering up to 2 hours of fire protection. Explore our range of access panels and riser doors today - our fire-rated offerings include our standard square, rectangular, and circular metal, as well as plaster board, and electrical boxes. Browse our products today to find out more, or create your own bespoke access panel using our access panel builder. If you’re still unsure as to which access panel would be best for you, get in touch with our technical support team today via our online contact form or give them a call on 024 7632 8811.

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