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Fire Door Safety Week!!!! 
 
DID YOU KNOW? 
 
About 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK 
The vast majority of fire doors are made from timber 
In a survey among fire risk assessors, 80% of escape routes were obstructed, 65% of fire doors were wedged open, 85% had door closers disconnected 
Leaving fire doors wedged or propped open disregards the safety of others. It is also against the law. 
In a recent review of 100 cases prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire doors were the second highest reason for prosecutions 
All fire doors should be fitted with intumescent seals – they expand 5-10 times their original size, sealing the gaps around the perimeter of the door and holding the door construction firmly in place 
Some fire doors may also need smoke seals and/or acoustic seals 
Essential ironmongery for fire doors must be CE marked even though fire doors themselves don’t need to be (yet) 
WHAT FIRE DOORS DO 
 
Fire doors save lives and property 
They are part of a building’s passive fire protection system and are fundamental to most fire strategies for buildings 
They provide critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building 
WHAT’S IMPORTANT ABOUT FIRE DOORS? 
To save lives, fire doors must work correctly 
They must be tested and third-party certificated to BS 476 Part 22 or BS EN 1634 Part 1 
They must be fitted with the correct and compatible components suited to the door leaf and its purpose 
Like any fire safety device, they should be installed and maintained by competent people 
A fire door’s performance should never be compromised 
Correct glazing and ironmongery must be used 
No altering or adapting the door leaf on site 
Always use the correct frames 
Always use intumescent seals 
Ensure good installation and maintenance 
Never prop open a fire door 
 
 
 
DO’S & DON’TS – TO STAY SAFE 
 
DO 
 
Specify and use third-party certificated fire doors and components 
Buy fire doors, frames and components from certificated companies 
Check the certificate matches the door 
Make sure you have the correct certification for the door’s intended use 
Install and maintain fire doors using competent personnel 
Make sure that ironmongery components are CE marked 
 
DON’T 
 
Fit a fire door like any other door – it’s not, it’s an engineered safety device 
Cut vision panels and other holes on site 
Patch up a fire door 
Take risks by reducing the specification 
Disconnect a fire door closer 
Prop or wedge open a fire door 
For more information on Fire Doors………… 
 
Contact Roy Blunt – r.blunt@firewatchsouthwest.co.uk / 0800 783 4171 
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Group Head Office, 1 Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 4PB 
tel: 0800 783 4171 fax: 01626 363172 
email: info@firewatchsouthwest.co.uk 
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