As part of Fire Door Safety Week 2015, DORMA is encouraging anyone responsible for the specification or installation of fire doors to ensure that all individual elements of the doorset have been third party accredited and certified. DORMA is looking to highlight best practice and actively encourage greater investigation into test certificates from manufacturers.
Graham Hulland, G.A.I. M.Inst.A.I., Product Marketing Manager at DORMA commented: “Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and it is incredibly important for our business to support Fire Door Safety Week. The event is the ideal platform to remind anyone responsible for the specification, installation or maintenance of fire doors, hardware and ironmongery of what is legal and what is considered best practice to ensure compliance and the highest levels of safety.”
When it comes to specification of door hardware and ironmongery, legally the essential hardware selected has to be CE marked. Furthermore, Approved Document Part B of the Building Regulations recommends that all fire door assemblies should be certificated by a third party organisation to ensure products are fit for purpose. Without this, lives and property could potentially be at risk.
Those responsible for fire doors within a building are encouraged to check that all components are compatible with the specification of the door, including, closers, hinges, locks, intumescent seals, panic hardware, door furniture, hold-open and free-swing devices and signage. It is vital to check the ‘scope of approval’ on manufacturers’ test certificates, which details the product’s suitability for door types and the installation variants, which could potentially occur.
During Fire Door Safety Week, a number of events will be taking place. Graham Hulland will be speaking at the Arnold Laver CPD event at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, on Tuesday, 15th September. With over 30 years of industry experience, Graham will discuss best practice when it comes to the correct specification, installation and inspection of fire doors.
Graham concluded: “Our message is clear: ensure all essential hardware is CE marked. For added reassurance ensure that you are only selecting door hardware and ironmongery that is third party certificated and always investigate manufacturers’ test claims to ensure you are making a truly informed decision.”
DORMA has produced a practical and straightforward guide for anyone looking for further guidance help when it comes to specifying door closers. For further information download: “Which Door Control?” document: