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Burning up – What fire safety means for your security

September 19, 2021
Fires are one of those things you need to plan and prepare for, with the hopes of never needing to use your preparation measures—no one plans for a fire to break out inside.

In fact, in most cases, it's illegal not to have some kind of fire safety measures inside a building, whether that may be smoke alarms, fire doors or automatic sprinkler systems. So how does BQT Solutions fit into your fire safety plan?

Let's start at the beginning. Fire safety measures in new commercial buildings are designed to alert the inhabitants of a fire while also working to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the building. Ensuring fire safety within new buildings is a challenge developers and organisations alike are all continuously facing. 

Irrelevant of the sector, it's one of the most critical safety measures for any building type. From education and healthcare to residential and governmental facilities, fire won't pick and choose its victim, meaning fire safety needs to be everywhere.

When a fire breaks out inside a building, the most important thing to do is ensure the door will unlock to let those inside get out to safety. The Cobalt and Cobalt-mini are designed to do just this. With a sideload lock, the lock is engineered to open under sideload pressure where a traditional solenoid lock won't. This is because when inhabitants of a building see a fire, they're likely to put pressure on the door to get out, a normal stress response. So, we used this knowledge of how people interact with dangerous situations to produce a lock that will still unlock and open under external sideload pressures.

Once the inhabitants are out of the danger zone, the next problem is ensuring the fire door is aligned and closed correctly to ensure the fire doors integrity isn't compromised in containing the fire. Again, the Cobalt and Cobalt-mini has been fire tested for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 4 hours burn time to ensure our locks won't compromise a fire door's effectiveness.

Suppose you're a specifier, consultant, or engineer, planning a new building. In that case, BQT Solutions is happy to work with you directly to ensure your new building complies to strict fire safety measures.  For many years BQT Solutions have been engineering and designing locking products in New Zealand by an innovative, experienced development team to exact technical standards that meet a wide range of industry applications. The Cobalt and Cobalt-mini are a testament to that. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Cobalt range, please get in touch with us today at sales@bqtsolutions.co.nz.

BQT Solutions is a specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of high quality, high security card and biometric readers, electromechanical locks and related electronic security products.
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