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News - November/December 2017

Regular fire door checks essential for safety says manufacturer

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, safety door manufacturer Allegion is urging schools and colleges to check their fire doors are in good working order.

The company has issued a 10-point check-list for estate managers which covers common problems with fire doors. Says Allegion: “The most important check is making sure that an assumed fire door is actually an authentic fire door. All fire doors display certificates and relevant markings to verify their fire integrity. Check for a label or a plug on top or on the side of each door for a fire-resistance rating. If there isn’t one, it is most likely not a fire door and will not protect you in a fire.”

Other checks it recommends include ensuring gaps around the fire door are 3mm; door handles and panic bars should be easy to use; fire doors should have a minimum of three hinges, and all screws must be tight; fire doors should not rattle and should be fully engaged with the strike plates; and fire doors must have intumescent seals to stop smoke from getting through.

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