Fire door safety week takes place on 15-21 September 2014.  It endeavors to draw attention to the following;

  • Raising awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
  • Encouraging building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and encouraging them to report those that are not satisfactory.
  • Linking together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
  • Engaging and educating people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.

Supported by a wide range of organisations, Fire door safety week is the brainchild of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme.

The roles of fire doors

  • Fire doors save lives and property,
  • They are part of a building’s passive fire protection system and are fundamental to most fire strategies for buildings.
  • They provide critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building.

 

Important information about fire doors
Fire doors are a vitally important feature, they;

  • Save lives when they work correctly
  • Must be tested and third-party certificated to BS 476 Part 22 or BS EN 1634 Part 1
  • Must be fitted with the correct and compatible components suited to the door leaf and its purpose
  • Like any fire safety device, should be installed and maintained by competent people
  • A fire door’s performance should never be compromised
  • Require correct glazing and ironmongery when used
  • Should not be altering or adapted on site
  • Should always use the correct frames
  • Should always use intumescent seals
  • Should be correctly installed and maintained
  • Should never be propped open

 

Dos and don’ts to stay safe

Do

  • Specify and use third-party certificated fire doors and components
  • Buy fire doors, frames and components from certificated companies
  • Check the certificate matches the door
  • Make sure you have the correct certification for the door’s intended use
  • Install and maintain fire doors using competent personnel
  • Make sure that ironmongery components are CE marked.

Don’t

  • Fit a fire door like any other door – it’s not, it’s an engineered safety device
  • Cut vision panels and other holes on site
  • Patch up a fire door
  • Take risks by reducing the specification
  • Disconnect a fire door closer
  • Prop or wedge open a fire door.

Did you know

  • About 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK.
  • The vast majority of fire doors are made from timber.
  • In a survey among fire risk assessors, 80% of escape routes were obstructed, 65% of fire doors were wedged open, 85% had door closers disconnected.
  • Leaving fire doors wedged or propped open disregards the safety of others. It is also against the law.
  • In a recent review of 100 cases prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire doors were the second highest reason for prosecutions.
  • All fire doors should be fitted with intumescent seals – they expand 5-10 times their original size, sealing the gaps around the perimeter of the door and holding the door construction firmly in place.
  • Some fire doors may also need smoke seals and/or acoustic seals.
  • Essential ironmongery for fire doors must be CE marked even though fire doors themselves don’t need to be (yet).

 

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