Fire Door Safety Week
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When was the last time you considered the internal doors in your property? When you moved in? When you carried out a renovation? While they may seem unimportant, fire doors are much more than barriers to exclude draughts, they are engineered safety devices. Most people don’t give them a 2nd thought until they are in a catastrophic situation where these devices become the only thing separating them from a potentially life changing disaster, and while fire doors are often the first line of defence in these incidents, if they are incorrectly fitted or poorly maintained, this can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.
While many building owners invest in the correct safety doors, the hinges, glass panels, seals and fitting are often mismanaged, resulting in poor safety standards.
Here are the 5 most common fire door faults, according to the Fire Door Inspection Scheme:
- When tested, 61% had fire or smoke seals missing, incorrectly installed or not filling perimeter gaps properly.
- 30% had incorrect signage on them
- 34% had excessive gaps (over 3mm) between the door and frame
- 1 in 5 had unsuitable hinges
- 15% had damage to the door leaf
Wondering how your doors would hold up in the case of a fire?
Here’s 5 vital things to check that could save a life one day:
- Certification – Look for a label or plug on the door / side of the door which contains a certification mark. If it’s in an inaccessible position, use a mirror or your camera phone.
- Gaps – Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are less than 4mm when the door is closed (the gap underneath the door can be up to 8mm). This is to ensure gaps are not big enough to let smoke travel through them in a fire. You can check the gap with a £1 coin, which is usually 3mm thick.
- Seals – Check that there are intumescent seals around the door or frame, and that they are not damaged. These seals are chemically designed pieces of material which expand when exposed to heat to close any gaps and stop fire and smoke spreading.
- Hinges – Check the door has 3 or more hinges with no missing or broken screws. This is to ensure the door has been well maintained and will perform properly in a fire.
- Closing properly – Check that the door closes properly onto the latch and does not stick on the door frame, as a fire door only functions correctly when it is fully closed. You can check this by opening the door half way, letting go and seeing how far it closes by itself.
This information has been taken from Fire Door Safety Week, for more information, please visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk.
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