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
- 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.
- 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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