SANS 1253:2016 Safety Standards

Allandel doors comply fully with SANS 1253:2016, and meet or exceed the test criteria. We remain committed to strictly adhere to the provisions of SANS 1253:2016 so as to provide our clients and the occupants of buildings with peace of mind. Their lives are protected when Allandel doors are in service.

We have obtained a test report confirming that the prototype tested complies fully with the following criteria set out in SANS 1253:2016:

1. Glazing:


  • Class A, B, E or F doors may have one glazed area or viewing panel not exceeding 100mm x 300mm or a maximum of 200mm diameter.
  • Viewing panels larger than the above must meet the minimum fire resistance periods provided (this is subject to SABS testing).
  • Viewing panels are not permitted in Class C and D door assemblies.

NOTE: Allandel only use approved glazing that can withstand the criteria permitted for each Class and that conforms to the criteria set out under the relevant SANS codes.

2. Fastenings:


  • All fastenings shall be compatible with the type and class of door.
  • Mortise locks are not to exceed 150mm in depth and 20mm in thickness.
  • All fastenings to doors forming an escape route shall allow the doors to be easily opened in the direction of escape.

3. Closing device:


  • All fire doors shall be fitted with a closing device compatible with the class and type of fire door.
  • Closing devices that rely solely on retained liquid pressure for their closing action are not permitted for use on fire doors.
  • Closing of double leaf doors with rebated meeting styles shall be equipped with co-ordinators.

4. Fit:


  • Single doors: Max 3mm gap between top of door and frame and a maximum of 6mm gap over total width between door and frame.
  • Double doors: Max 4mm between meeting styles. Max of 4mm over total width of leaves between door and frame.
  • All doors: Min 5mm and Max 12mm gap between door and floor.

NOTE: Allandel door leaves are sized to suit the frame and when the frames are built in true / plumb, these tolerances will be achieved.

5. Marking:


Each door assembly shall have metal identification plates fixed to each leaf and frame in a visible position, clearly displaying the following information:

  • Manufacturer’s name / trade name / trademark,
  • unique identification number and date of manufacture and
  • the class of door.

6. Tested prototype and variations from the prototype:


Shall either be tested or approved / certified in writing by the testing authority to be acceptable. There should be no likelihood of it to jeopardise its fire resistance when placed in service.

7. Size:


Doors may be made smaller than the tested prototype, however the thickness and clearances may not be altered.

The door width may be increased by 15% and the height by 10%, on condition that all other aspects of the door remain identical to that tested.

This is a snapshot of the SANS regulations. Feel free to get a copy from us.