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STANLEY Security fire doors safety

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Fire Doors Safety Guide

 Why is a Fire Door Important?

 

A fire door ensures that should a fire break out, it can be contained in a “compartment”. This keeps the fire and smoke trapped for a defined period, allowing time for people to get out and make the fire easier to tackle. 

There are two national Fire Door Standards BS476 and BS8214 - do your doors conform to these?

Fire doors Fire doors are required to provide two main functions:

  1. To maintain any compartmentation of buildings, which has been introduced to limit the size and spread of fire in order to control the perceived risk.
  2. To allow access to protected escape routes, both vertically and horizontally, without any loss of fire resistance, and limit smoke movement in the structure forming these routes, i.e. protected corridors and protected shafts.

This British Standard is applicable only to the fire performance of the doors and doorsets.

 

Did you know?

fire kills logo1There are approx. 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.

However, they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

BS8214 gives recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors. The recommendations are applicable only to hinged or pivoted pedestrian doorsets, door assemblies, or door leaves of any material, fitted into frames of any material.

BS8214 is applicable only to doors that are designed to provide fire resistance ratings of up to and including 2h when tested in accordance with BS476-22 or BSEN1634-1

What to look out for?

  • fire door issuesCheck for certification Is there a label or plug on top (or occasionally on the side) of the door to show it is a certificated fire door? 
  • Check the gaps Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when closed. You can use a £1 coin to give a feel for scale, this is about 3mm thick. 
  • Check the seals Are there any intumescent seals around the door or frame, and are they intact with no sign of damage? These seals are usually vital to the fire door's performance, expanding if in contact with heat to ensure fire (and in some cases smoke) can’t move through the cracks.
  • Check the hinges Are the hinges firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws?
  • Check the door closes properly Open the door about halfway, let go and allow it to close by itself. Does it close firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame? 

Video: Featuring a real test that shows what happens when we get it wrong.  

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