Independent fire testing of access panels to the relevant standards
Fire testing of access panels is an important process to ensure that these products meet safety standards and comply with building regulations. Fire testing typically involves subjecting an access panel to a range of fire scenarios to assess its fire resistance and other fire-related properties. The purpose of fire testing is to determine how a product will perform in a fire, including its ability to resist the spread of flames, smoke development, and other fire-related hazards.
There are several types of fire tests used to evaluate building products, including:
Fire resistance testing: This involves exposing the product to a controlled fire and measuring how long it can withstand the heat and flames without collapsing or losing its structural integrity.
Flame spread testing: This evaluates how easily a product can catch fire and how quickly flames can spread across its surface.
Smoke development testing: This measures the amount of smoke that a product produces when it burns and how quickly the smoke spreads.
Fire testing is typically conducted by UKAS accredited testing laboratories that follow standardised testing procedures. The results of fire testing are used by building designers, architects, and engineers to evaluate the fire safety of building products and to determine their suitability for use in various types of buildings and structures.