In recent years, fire safety within buildings has been widely discussed. The 2017 tragedy at Grenfell Towers shocked the nation as it became the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster and the worst UK residential fire since World War II. As a result, the government commissioned an independent review of building regulations, fire safety and fire door safety, with a report published in May 2018. Since Grenfell, every element of fire safety within a building has been scrutinised, including the role of fire doors.
As a crucial element to any building under fire conditions, fire doors have two important functions.
- Create a barrier to stop the spread of a fire.
- Aid escape.
Depending on its location in a building and any additional fire hazards, depends on the requirements of the door. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience supporting the planning and installation of traditional FD30 and FD60 doors in a wide range of styles, finishes, compliant ironmongery and glazing. Most of our doors are purpose made and are much heavier than typical internal doors. Door closers ensure they shut automatically and all our fire doors are fitted with perimeter seals as specified in the global fire test certificates to ensure optimum performance.
We will work with architects to ensure the door schedules and fire strategies they produce are accurate and correct for the building. From hospitals to schools, high-rise office blocks to specialist housing, we assist in ensuring the very best safety measures have been put in place in the event of fire. We have seen and heard of the horror stories about problems on-site with contractors not installing smoke seals or intumescent strips, or incorrect non CE marked door handles and hinges. We’ve witnessed poorly installed doors with excessive undercuts – we’ve seen it all, which is why our in-house team oversees the whole process from start to finish to ensure full safety and confidence in our work.
Compliance is something we speak about a lot to our customers. The record of each and every firedoor is crucial to ensure regular checks and maintenance happens. They should be checked every 6 months! Every door we fit is supplied with a certificate and relevant markings to verify the door’s fire integrity. We operate under the Q-Mark installation certification scheme, one of the most rigorous certification processes available.
With the responsibility for the fire safety of premises resting on building owners and managers, to help post-installation records we offer the WJL Needle app. This collects all of the necessary data for a door; from installation details including who the fitter was, regular checks, any issues – it acts as a digital lifetime log, further adding to peace of mind for the end client and building owner.
If you have a project coming up that requires fire doors, get in touch with our team. We are available to help with advice on scheduling, specification, legislation and durability.
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