Garbage Chute Fusible Link

Fire Safety around the home is incredibly important and making sure that all the fittings and fixtures in your home are up to code is paramount, both in order to ensure you home complies legally with any local or national building and fire codes, and to protect your family or tenants’ safety.



One area of particular risk for the spread of fire is a garbage chute. In order to prevent the spread of fire from lower floors where garbage is collected, your garbage chute should be fitted with a discharge door at the point where garbage exits the chute. This can either be a rolling, guillotine, swinging (hopper) or accordion door which is fitted with a Garbage Chute Fusible Link. The fusible link holds the door open in normal operation, allowing garbage to pass freely out of the chute. In the case of fire, the fusible link is designed to melt and break. This loosens the chain and allows the door to slam shut, thus preventing smoke and fire from travelling up the chute and spreading to upper story’s.


You can buy a replacement fusible link for your garbage chute discharge online. Choose a chain link type which can be cut to any size and ensure it is fire rated to at least 165 degrees. Other types of chutes which would benefit from a fusible link kit for their discharge door include laundry chutes, mail chutes in commercial buildings, and escape chutes for use during emergency evacuation of high-rise buildings.

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Chute Door Hardware

Laundry Chutes can be found in hotels, apartments and other multi-story residential buildings to allow the quick transfer of dirty or used linens from upper floors to a lower floor or basement level where laundry facilities are available. Imagine how convenient it would be to place your clothes directly in a chute and have them ‘disappear’ – with no unsightly laundry basket that needs to be transported around – and have them waiting for you in your laundry area, ready for when you next have time to load the washer.



Usually laundry chutes are made from welded metal pieces or other fire-safe materials forming an enclosed tunnel. A locking access door or cover is essential both to meet building codes in respect of fire safety and also concerns over child safety. They can be especially alluring to children to drop things down, or even be tempted to slide down themselves which can lead to serious injury or worse. Laundry chutes fell out of favor due to these worries and also the idea that they would quickly spread smoke and fire throughout a building. Nowadays though child-safe and locking Chute Door Hardware can ameliorate any risks and laundry chutes are once again a luxury and functional feature of modern homes.


You can buy high quality replacement chute handles and latches for your chute door online and they are simple and easy to install. A popular design is a tee handle which is compatible with both bottom and hinged and side hinged chute intake doors.

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