Understanding Fire and Security Ratings for Our Product Range

Understanding Fire and Security Ratings for Our Product Range

At Security Direct, we understand that ensuring the safety and security of your property is a top priority. To help you make an informed decision, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to the different fire and security ratings that apply to our product range. These ratings are critical in determining the effectiveness and reliability of our products in protecting against fire and unauthorised access.

Fire Ratings

Fire ratings are essential in assessing the ability of doors and shutters to withstand fire and prevent its spread. Here are the key fire ratings you should know:

BS EN 1634-1

BS EN 1634-1 is a standard that tests the fire resistance of doors, shutters, and windows. It measures the time (in minutes) a product can withstand fire while maintaining its integrity and insulation.

  • Integrity (E): Prevents the passage of flames and hot gases.
  • Insulation (I): Limits the temperature rise on the non-fire side.

BS 476-22

BS 476-22 is a British Standard that specifies the methods for determining the fire resistance of non-loadbearing elements such as doors and shutters. It ensures that products can provide sufficient fire resistance and delay the spread of fire.

BS 8524-1:2013

BS 8524-1:2013 covers the specification for active fire curtain barrier assemblies. These barriers are designed to restrict the passage of fire by closing off openings in walls, floors, and ceilings, helping to contain fire and protect escape routes.

BS ISO 21927-9

BS ISO 21927-9 specifies the requirements for control equipment used in smoke and heat control systems. This standard ensures that the control systems can reliably operate during a fire to manage smoke and heat, improving safety and visibility during evacuation.

BS EN 12101-10

BS EN 12101-10 focuses on the power supplies for smoke and heat control systems. It ensures that the systems have reliable power sources that can function during a fire, maintaining their effectiveness in controlling smoke and heat.

Fire Ratings in Our Products

  • Fire Shutters: Designed to contain fire within a specified area, giving occupants more time to evacuate and reducing property damage.
  • Fire Doors: Provide a barrier against fire and smoke, essential for safe evacuation routes.
  • Fire Curtains: Deploy to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through openings in buildings.

For more information on our fire-rated products, visit our Fire Shutters, Fire Doors, and Fire Curtains pages.

Fire Testing

Fire Doors

Security Ratings

Security ratings are crucial for determining the ability of our products to resist forced entry and provide maximum protection. Here are the primary security ratings:

LPS 1175

LPS 1175 is a standard developed by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) that evaluates the resistance of security products to forced entry. The standard categorises products into different security ratings based on their resistance time and tools used in an attack.

SR1 to SR8: Higher ratings indicate greater resistance. For example, SR2 products can withstand opportunistic attacks using basic tools, while SR4 products resist experienced attacks with heavy-duty tools.

Issue 7 vs. Issue 8

LPS 1175 has undergone revisions to address emerging threats and improve testing methods.

Issue 7: Focuses on a broad range of attacks, including the use of physical force and various tools. This version includes detailed classifications and response times for products under different security ratings.

Issue 8: Introduces enhanced testing procedures to reflect more sophisticated attack techniques and new tool categories. It also offers a clearer framework for categorising product security levels, ensuring up-to-date protection standards.

PAS 24

PAS 24 is a British standard that specifies enhanced security performance requirements for doors and windows. It ensures that products can withstand common burglary techniques.

LPS 2081

LPS 2081 is a standard specifically designed to evaluate the resistance of security products against stealth attacks. This testing focuses on scenarios where intruders use minimal noise and force to avoid detection.

Category 1 (A1): Products in this category can withstand stealth attacks using a range of simple, low-noise tools for up to 10 minutes.

Category 2 (B1): Offers enhanced resistance, withstanding stealth attacks using more sophisticated, low-noise tools for up to 15 minutes.

Secured by Design (SBD)

Secured by Design is an official UK police initiative that promotes security standards for buildings and products. Products that meet SBD standards offer increased protection against crime.

For more details on our security-rated products, check out our Security Rated Shutters and Security Rated Steel Doors pages.

Security Testing

Security testing

Why Choose Security Direct?

At Security Direct, we prioritise your safety and security. Here's why you should choose us:

  • Expertise: Over 30 years of experience in providing top-notch security solutions.
  • Quality: All our products are rigorously tested to meet the highest standards.
  • Customisation: We offer tailored solutions to meet your specific needs.
  • Support: Our dedicated team is here to provide guidance and support from selection to installation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the difference between fire-rated and security-rated products?

Fire-rated products are designed to withstand fire and prevent its spread, while security-rated products are built to resist forced entry and provide protection against burglary and vandalism.

2. How do I choose the right rating for my needs?

Assess the level of risk and the specific requirements of your property. For fire safety, consider the required fire resistance time. For security, consider the potential threat level and choose a product with the appropriate security rating.

3. Are your products certified?

Yes, we have products are certified to the relevant standards, including BS EN 1634-1, LPS 1175, and PAS 24. We also offer products that meet Secured by Design requirements.

4. Can you customise products to fit my specifications?

Absolutely! We provide customised solutions to ensure our products meet your unique needs. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

5. How can I get a quote?

You can get a quote by Contacting Us, our team will be happy to assist you.

By understanding these fire and security ratings, you can make an informed decision to protect your property effectively. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us at Security Direct. We're here to help!