September 24th – 30th sees the return of Fire Door Safety Week – an event which is designed to raise awareness of correct fire door selection, fitting and security – protecting you and your property from harm.
We are asking you to pledge your support to this campaign, through sharing the important messages and the vital safety information – which you can find here – and ensuring that your own team are all aware of the importance of fire safety, and the use of fire doors for everyone’s protection.
This vital pledge takes just a few minutes of your time – and then we are asking you to share the message via social media, your website, your own marketing campaigns or any events you might be running, to ensure that as many people as possible can receive vital fire door safety information.
Information like how to be sure that what you’re buying is an approved and certificated fire door. These certificates can only be issued by an independent test organisation – but certify that, in the event of a fire, this door will perform its role.
This role is a vital part of building safety and design. An effective and secure fire door acts as a barrier – preventing the spread of smoke and flames, which not only reduces the damage done to property, but allows a secure route through a building for emergency services, for evacuation, and literally saves lives.
How can something as simple as a door make such a difference?
It comes down to a vital chain of components:
- Door leaf
- Frame / lining
- Intumescent seals
- Smoke seals
- Latch or lock
- Door closer
- Other ironmongery
- Fire door glazing
- Frame / wall sealing
- Threshold seals
- Air transfer grille (ATG)
Full information on these components can be found in the Fire Door Safety Best Practice Guide but in brief, the components and design of each door and the materials used must meet certification standards, the door must be fitted securely, with no gaps or ill-fitting positioning, and must automatically close and be secured with well-fitting threshold seals which prevent the spread of smoke and heat beyond the door.
In some cases, there are windows in fire doors to allow visual access without risking safety – and these must also meet precise certification guidelines – but they can help with evacuation or emergency services responding effectively.
One key tip for anywhere that a fire door is fitted is to be sure that it is used properly. This means not blocking access to the door, not letting the space around the door become cluttered or creating tripping hazards, and never propping a fire door open for easier access. The door is designed to be heavier than a standard internal door, and to automatically close – this is a vital safety feature, and preventing the door performing its designed role significantly increases risk to lives in the event of a fire.
To be sure that you are meeting the fire safety standards, call the Fire FM team today on 01582 668500 to arrange a consultation or inspection of your property.