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  • Easter 2019 Closing Dates

    Please note we close at 16.45 on Thursday 18th April for Easter Weekend.  We re-open at 07.45 on Tuesday 23rd April.


    The earliest delivery date for any orders placed on Thursday 18th April to Tuesday 23rd April is Wednesday 24th April.



  • What is Intumescent? Your questions answered...

    What is Intumescent?

    A common question we get asked is “What is intumescent”, or “What does intumescent do?”  Let’s explain…

    An ‘intumescent’ is a material that swells up and expands on exposure to heat.  There are a few main types of intumescent, but most can be classified as ‘soft char’ or ‘hard char’.

    Soft char intumescents, such as ammonium polyphosphate, produce a light, fluffy char that produces very little pressure but is an excellent insulator.  This is often used in fire protection for glazing, as high pressure could shatter the glass and make the situation a lot worse.  Soft char intumescent materials are also suitable for spraying so are commonly found in spray mastic and fire protective coatings for structural steel.

    Hard char intumescents are the most common, and include sodium silicate and graphite based materials.  These produce a much higher pressure and substantial char, and are used in applications like plastic pipe fire stopping and intumescent strip for around fire doors.


    How do they work?

    In the case of an ammonium polyphosphate based intumescent, this is combined with other starch-based materials to cause swelling.  When the ammonium polyphosphate is exposed to heat, it starts to decompose and produce CO2, helping to prevent it from burning.  The resulting char protects the underlying layers from heat and fire.  It also allows for quite significant movement of components during a fire without compromising the protection.

    Sodium silicates and graphite based intumescent materials contain hydrates, that turn to gas when they get hot, thus expanding and forming a seal.  Sodium silicate intumescents have a very low activation temperature of just 110-120°C, whilst intercalated graphite intumescents start activating at around 200°C.  Graphite intumescents are extremely flexible, so are commonly used in pipe wraps and collars.


    What do they do?

    Intumescent products form a vital part of fire protection in a building.  Fire travels extremely rapidly, and finds any small gap or hole to spread through.  These gaps or holes must be protected, and by doing so with an intumescent material the passage of smoke and fire through a building is limited or even prevented, helping to contain the fire and ensure safe and rapid evacuation of the building.


    Key Dates For Your 2018/19 Diary 

    Q: What day date you close for 2018 and re-open for 2019?

    A: Please see our 2018 / 2019 open hours below:

    Monday 17th December 07:45 – 16:45
    Tuesday 18th December  07:45 – 16:45
    Wednesday 19th December  07:45 – 16:45
    Thursday 20st December  07:45 – 16:45
    Friday 21st December  07:45 – 16:45
    Monday 24th December  07:45 – 16:00
    Tuesday 25th December – Tuesday 1st January CLOSED
    Wednesday 2nd January 2019  07:45 – 16:45


    Q. What is the last day to order for 2018 delivery?

    A.  Deliveries via Courier to UK Mainland
    Last order date Friday 21st December* for delivery Monday 24th December 2018

    *Orders must be placed by 16:00

    Any orders placed for UK Mainland after 16:00 Friday 21st December 2018 will be delivered Wednesday 2nd January 2019

  • Lorient Batwing Seals explained


    Simple, effective and easy to use...

    The Lorient Batwing seals provide an innovative and unique solution, especially for upgrading and retro-fitting to fire resisting doorsets.

    Being surface mounted, they are quick and easy to fit, and provide a fire-rated smoke, acoustic, draught and even light seal to a fire door.

    • Curved fin shape minimises open/closing resistance.
    • Flexible elastomeric fins ensure the original shape is maintained, providing ongoing performance and durability in service.
    • Symmetrical design ensures fins are always in contact with two surfaces of door leaf, creating an air chamber to provide excellent acoustic performance.
    • Tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 140-3: 1995.
    • Effective smoke seal up to 200°C.
    • Variety of standard colours to blend with door designs.
    • Fully tested for performance and durability under the third party certification schemes CERTIFIRE (CF136) and British Board of Agrément.

    Available from stock in most sizes, in Black, Brown and White.


    View the full range of Lorient Batwing Seals here.




  • The Dangers of Cutting Corners with your Fire Doors

    OK - you've heard us say it before.  You've heard many people say it before.  And we're going to keep saying it - Fire Doors play a vital part in life safety and fire containment within a building.

    There are many examples of how effective Fire Doors are should a fire occur, including the recent fire at Gower College in Swansea.  South Wales Fire & Rescue Service credit the effective Fire Doors for minimising the spread of the fire.  Deputy chief fire officer Mick Crennell said, "I would urge everyone to keep their fire doors closed, they really are there for a reason and they really do work."

    But many times the little details are overlooked.  Corners are cut, and expensive Fire Doors are rendered useless due to incorrect installation or non-fire-rated ancillaries fitted.  The weak spots on a Fire Door are the edges, and any hole or aperture cut into the door, for example vision panels, locks and latches, letterplates and ventilation grilles.  If these aren't properly fire rated, tested and certified there can be lethal consequences in a fire.

    BWF Certifire put together this amazing and enlightening video (if a little scary) to show just how dangerous a compromised Fire Door can be.  Sit back, enjoy, and remember - NEVER CUT CORNERS WHEN WORKING WITH FIRE DOORS!


    BWF Fire Doors



    We have a wide range of ancillaries for Fire Doors available on our website - all properly fire tested and certified by 3rd party accreditation bodies.  Our range includes:

    Order your Fire Door seals

  • Here's what can happen when you take Business Fire Safety lightly...

    A Welsh recycling firm has been handed the largest fine ever recorded in Wales for breaching fire safety laws.

    MDS Recycling faced nine separate charges, receiving the maximum fine for each, totalling £45,000 plus an additional £3,207 in costs. Continue reading

  • Workplace Fires... Don't Take the Risk!


    Workplace fires are a common occurrence but can often be easily prevented. Here at Fire Seals Direct, we have put together an infographic to show recently collected statistics on the result of fires in the workplace for both employers and employees, and a checklist of how to make sure your workplace is fire safe. Continue reading

  • A Silent Killer – How At Risk UK Properties Are From Fire

    It’s a sound we all dread, but one that’s still worryingly common in the UK – being woken at night by the shrill screech of a fire alarm, or even the eerie near-silent crackle of fire. It’s not a situation any home owner or property landlord wants to be faced with as the effects can be catastrophic, with a large financial cost – as well as a potential human cost too.
    Continue reading

  • Trend Of UK Fire Deaths Showing Steady Fall

    The number of fire-related deaths showed a fall between 2008 and 2010, claimed the 29th edition of the World Fire Statistics Bulletin. This information was gathered globally and was published by the Geneva Association.
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  • Illegal HMO With No Fire Plan Lands Owner In Court

    There are always cases where serious fire safety breaches are found on properties by fire brigades up and down the country. A recent example saw a London landlord given a large fine for his failure to address several fire safety issues.
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