Fire doors are one of the most critical elements of passive fire protection used to slow down the spread of fire, however they remain a significant area of neglect.
Many people do not understand their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety, causing regular prosecutions, injuries and even deaths. According to the Home Office, there were 321 fire-related fatalities in England in 2017. Business owners, landlords and building managers all have a responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that their staff and visitors are safe. If fire safety regulations are not followed, people can face major penalties that include unlimited fines and up to two years in prison.
According to Fire Door Safety Week, around three million fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK, but to save lives they must work properly. Fire doors are part of a building’s passive fire protection system, an essential requirement for all public buildings, offices and factories. In everyday use a fire door is just as any other door. However, in the event of a fire, the fire door must perform its prime purpose – to protect lives and offer protection to the building and buildings that surround it.
Are you confident that you have taken all the steps to ensure that your doors meet regulations and will help to save lives in your building?
How to tell that a door is a fire door?
Research carried out by IronmongeryDirect, revealed that almost 1 in 2 people do not know how to identify a fire door. 70% also admitted that they wouldn’t know who to contact if they noticed a problem with a fire door. Fire Door Safety Week have provided a helpful 5 Step Check to determine if a door is a fire door. If you think the building you’re living in, working in or visiting has a faulty fire door, don’t walk by. Report it to whoever manages or owns the building.
What more can I do?
By giving the lock on your door additional protection you can ensure smoke and fire are not able to travel through any lock installation gaps.
Codelocks Original Fire Kits* can easily be fitted to new and existing Codelocks mechanical and electronic latch locks and installations. Codelocks Smart Fire Kits** can be easily fitted to new and existing Codelocks smart latch locks; CL4510 and CL5510. Using intumescent strips and tubes that are designed to expand when exposed to extreme temperatures, the Codelocks Fire Kits provides locks with 30 or 60 minutes fire protection, depending on the door type, by sealing any gaps around the latch. In the event of a fire, the expansion of the strips protects the latch, filling any apertures and stops smoke escaping and flames spreading. Containing the fire gives people more time to be safely evacuated and allows fire fighters time to tackle the blaze.
Codelocks Fire Kits are designed with self-adhesive pads that are specifically pre-shaped and cut to suit each fixing of the latch, promising a seamless installation. Codelocks Fire Kits, used with a compatible Codelocks latch lock on an appropriate timber fire door, will give 30 or 60 minutes fire protection in accordance with BS EN 1634-1:2008.
*Codelocks Original Fire Kits are compatible with:
**Codelocks Smart Fire Kits are compatible with: