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The Dangers of Cutting Corners with your Fire Doors

You will have heard us talk about it many times before, and we’re going to keep talking about it in the future – fire doors play a vital part in both life safety and fire containment within a building.

All of the elements of a fire door work together to prevent the spread of smoke and fire, so ensuring that fire doors feature all of the required components, and are properly maintained, is crucial in order for them to remain fit-for-purpose if a fire was to break out.

There are many examples about how effective fire doors are in the event of a fire; including the fire at Gower College in Swansea in 2016.  South Wales Fire & Rescue Service credit the effective fire doors that were in place in the college 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 there are many times when 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 are not properly fire rated, tested and certified there can be lethal consequences in a fire.

Never cut corners when working with fire doors.

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