New guidelines on fire door safety published

October 4, 2016 / Isla MacFarlane
New guidelines on fire door safety published

BWF-Certifire has published new best practice guide for housebuilders on fire door safety.

Launched following Fire Door Safety Week to mark the tenth anniversary since new fire safety laws came into force in England and Wales, the BWF-Certifire guide provides all the basics in one guide, plus a range of checklists on selecting, installing, using and maintaining fire doors.

“Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect,” said Hannah Mansell, BWF-Certifire scheme manager and spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. “Subsequently, every year lives are lost or put at risk, and property unnecessarily damaged, because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained.

“There are many critical elements to get right in the construction of fire doors, and a host of regulations governing their manufacture, installation and maintenance. But a single mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap. Our Best Practice Guide makes it much simpler for housebuilders to get it right first time.”

There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber.

PICTURE CREDIT: Samuel Heath & Sons plc

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