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Fire Door Safety

Installing or maintaining fire doors incorrectly results in 5 main RISKS:

  • poorly maintained or badly installed fire doors can increase danger for the building's users and lead to possible loss of life if a fire occurs.
  • If your fire doors are not correctly installed and maintained it can lead to added danger for emergency services responding to a fire on the premises.
  • not meeting fire door requirements can lead to prosecution with a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • If you don't have the proper fire doors and follow fire door safety procedures, it could lead to the risk of loss of reputation.

Fire doors must act as a barrier if a fire occurs in the building and they do this by cutting off and protecting parts of a building/premises by:

  • Reducing the damage caused by fire and smoke as they hold the fire back.
  • Providing the emergency services with a protected route to access the building/premises.
  • Protecting users of a building/premises who may have difficulty evacuating quickly (providing refuge areas).
  • Protecting vital emergency evacuation routes for occupants of the building.

Remember: Fire doors are a vital part of the building fabric that divides the premises into individual fire compartments.  These individual fire compartments are constructed and lined with suitable fire resisting materials to reduce the spread of fire.

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To help you manage your fire doors properly and effectively BWF-Certifire have a series of fire door safety fact cards that are free to download and can be accessed from the following web address: https://firedoors.bwf.org.uk/publications/guides-and-directories/

A brief synopsis of each fire safety card is as follows:

It is not a mandatory requirement to be certificated if making certain changes to fire doors manufactured under the BWF-Certifire fire door scheme. Some changes to the fire doors are allowed within the certification scope of the fire door leaf. This guide explains how to ensure 'Certifire' Fire Door Certification is retained when hanging a Certifire approved door leaf or making a door set from a Certifire-approved door leaf.

This fire door safety fact card gives you the facts and guidance on Regulation 38 of Building Regulations, which require contractors to provide fire safety information to the 'responsible person' at the completion of a building project.

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Fire Door Certification

Why third-party certification of fire doors is vitally important.

This fire door safety guide contains vital information on the correct handling and storage of timber doors including fire doors.

The fire door safety guide explains why FD30 fire resisting doors should be specified as the minimum requirement, even if the Building Regulations specify the minimum fire door resistance required as FD20.

This fire door safety fact card provides guidance to building owners to help understand their responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with respect to fire doors. Includes a simple check list for fire door installations.

This fire door safety fact card describes which building regulations affect the installation of fire doors.

Most of the time, a fire door is used like any other door, and is subject to the day-to-day wear and tear of opening and closing as people pass through. Any slight alteration to the fire door or its surroundings can affect the performance of the door in it's capacity as a fire door and can result in a half-hour fire door lasting a lot less in a fire. Once a fire door has been installed correctly, it needs to be maintained regularly to ensure that everything is in working order.

This fire safety fact car explains what the difference is between a fire doorset and a fire door assembly?

This fire door safety fact card provides essential information on the correct way to specify and use glazed apertures in 30-minute fire doors, what to look for, and how to ensure you are using the correct, life-protecting materials on your fire doors.

A fire door will not work in the event of a fire unless all the correct ironmongery has been fitted and maintained! Check the facts on fire door ironmongery with this fire door safety fact card.

All fire doors should be fitted with intumescent fire door seals. Intumescent materials and smoke seals play a major role in restricting fire and smoke spread thought a fire door and hence reducing incidences of death and injury and reducing property damage.

Who should ensure that fire doors are fitted and working correctly? Because no one wants to take responsibility, the lines become blurred through the various stages of the process, even through inspection. Check out the 'circle of responsibility' and see what role you play in fire door safety.

Fire doors are an essential part of a building's passive fire protection system, helping to divide a building into individual fire compartments reducing the spread of fire and helping to save lives and reduce damage

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