Clearview National November 2017 - Issue 192 - Page 42

All Doors Fire safety? Peace of mind with Laidlaw » » 2017 HAS SADLY PROVIDED A litany of high profile fire-related disasters and brought the need and awareness for better fire safety to the forefront of everyone’s mind. In this article, Laidlaw’s experts explain some of the important facts about fire safety. It is vital to stay aware of the critically important role of fire doors in building fire safety and to remind responsible individuals of the legal requirements and to give tips and guidelines to reinforce this crucial message. There are approximately three million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK in hospitals, offices, schools and public buildings. Fire doors are critical because in the event of a fire it can be contained in a compartment, keeping smoke and fire trapped for a defined period of time allowing people to escape, be rescued and the fire to be tackled. A fire in a Portsmouth care home is a example of how fire doors can save lives. The incident could have caused fatalities if the fire doors had not been firmly secured, according to Southsea firefighters. The fire started in a tumble dryer in the laundry room. Fire doors, which had been installed and closed correctly, ensured that the fire did not spread throughout the property and was contained to the room of origin. Watch manager Jason Boh, Southsea Fire Station, said: “The incident could have been a lot worse if fire doors either end of the corridor leading up to the laundry room had not been firmly secured. The fact the fire doors did their job meant no smoke or flames could travel out of that area.” He also added, “If they had been open, we could have been looking at a much different situation. It could have been much more severe and we could have been looking at fatalities as well.” At Laidlaw, the UK’s largest independent supplier of ironmongery, integrated doorsets, 42 » N OV 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M balustrades and security systems, the message is a simple one. Correct fire door hardware can save lives. Selecting certified products from a reputable and reliable source, ensuring proper installation and undertaking regular inspection and maintenance routines will save lives. These are not fit-and-forget products. Cutting corners on the quality of fire doors and their associated hardware just isn’t an option. So, how to go about selecting the correct certified fire door hardware? It is a legal requirement that, as of the 1st July 2013, a product that comes under the scope of a harmonised standard must be CE marked before it can be placed onto the market. These products – locks, hinges, door closers, door co-ordinators, panic and emergency exit devices – will all be stamped with a clear CE mark. In addition to this, a Declaration of Performance (D of P) must be made available for every CE marked product. This is either included with the product in the packaging, or available on the company’s website. It is worth noting that although internal fire rated doorsets fall into harmonised standard EN 16034:2014, they cannot yet be CE marked as it awaits publication of prEN 14351-2 before this can happen. As part of the overall fire safety picture, ‘Certifire’ is an independent third-party certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products. » Continued on page 44