An FDIS survey conducted in 2015 found that many fire doors across the UK suffer from severe defects: 61% of doors had problems with fire or smoke seals, while almost 1 in 6 had significant damage to the door leaf.
Source: Fire Door Safety Week
How do I know if the fire doors in my building are faulty?
Outlined below, are the common problems that are found with fire doors and how these can be life-threatening:
|Fault||Why is it dangerous?|
|Intumescent seal damaged or missing||Hot gases and smoke will flood into the adjacent room|
|Non-rated fire glass used in the door||Glass will shatter and allow fire to spread quickly|
|Broken door closer||A door that can’t close results in a clear path for the fire to spread|
|Damage to the corner of the door leaf||Fire and smoke will surge through the gap|
|Big gap around the door leaves||Fire and smoke will surge through the gaps|
|Wrong fixings used for door hinge||The door will be loose in the frame and won’t close properly|
|Gap under the door is more than 10mm||This will give an easy route for fire and smoke|
|Voids in the door leaf due to removed ironmongery||Voids will compromise the fire resistance of the door|
|Ball catch used to latch the door||The door won’t latch properly and could open during a fire|
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