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Fire Door Safety

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

  • It can increase danger for users of the building and lead to the possible loss of life.
  • It can lead to added danger for emergency services responding to a fire in the premises.
  • It could lead to prosecution with a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • It could lead to risk to loss of reputation.

Fire doors must act as a barrier to a fire situation and they do this by cutting of and protecting parts of a building/premises by:

  • Reducing the damage caused by fire and smoke by holding 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.

Remember: Fire doors are a vital part of the building fabric that divides the premises into individual fire compartments that 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 in a suitable and sufficient manner bwf-certifire have a series of fact cards that are free to download and can be accessed from the following web address: http://www.bwfcertifire.org.uk/publications/fact-cards

A brief synopsis of each 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 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 fact card gives you the facts and guidance on Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations which require contractors to provide fire safety information to the 'responsible person' at the completion of the project.

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Fire Door Certification

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

Vital information on the correct handling and storage of timber doors including fire doors.

Why FD30 fire resisting doors should be specified as the minimum requirement, even if the Building Regulations specify the minimum fire resistance required as FD20.

This 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 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 door or its surroundings can affect the performance of the door and can result in a half-hour door lasting a lot less. Once a fire door has been installed correctly, it needs to be maintained regularly to ensure that everything is in working order.

What is the difference between a fire doorset and a fire door assembly?

This 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.

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.

All fire doors should be fitted with intumescent seals. Intumescent materials and smoke seals play a major role in restricting fire and smoke spread, 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.

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

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