The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 76

76 • HARDWARE&SECURITY PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE ‘NO COMPROMISE’ – a message to the fire safety industry from A Perry » » A PERRY & CO (HINGES) LTD IS calling on the fire industry not to compromise on fire door furniture in the wake of research commissioned by the Association of British Insurers following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which reveals that tests on the fire safety of building materials are inadequate. The report shows that tests conducted by the Fire Protection Association found that a fire created by burning plastics can reach temperatures 100C above those in the industry test. Test fires for buildings only use wood, whereas plastic makes up 20 per cent of the material in actual fires. As insurers are pressing for the testing regime to be reformed urgently, A Perry, a leading, independent, family-owned British manufacturer and supplier of hinges, hardware, ironmongery, chain and threaded bar, says that the integrity and quality of fire door ironmongery does not need to be undermined. Ian Dunnaker, company director at A Perry & Co (Hinges) Ltd, explains, “Adhesion to budgets is dominant in the fire rated product sector. Traditionally, here is where corners have been cut, as price points have dictated that ironmongery has to be affordable and meet stringent cost criteria. Yet, as we know from recent catastrophes, it’s imperative that the safety and security of products is paramount. “Over the last 12 months, A Perry has worked tirelessly to bring the most competitive range of CE Marked and CERTIFIRE approved fire door ironmongery to market. The price differentials between the new PerryShield range of hinges and standard ‘non-certified’ hinges are now minimal. This means customers can have the confidence that they can afford to select the products without compromising on safety and security, and risk rising costs.” A Perry & Co’s new CE Marked and CERTIFIRE Approved PerryShield fire door ironmongery provides a complete, integrated, fire rated range of door hinges, locks and latches, and intumescent protection kits, designed at a price point that enables specifiers to fit fire approved ironmongery onto applications without having to worry about spiralling costs. The high-quality fire-resistant door hardware and intumescent kits are designed to ensure there is no compromise to fire door integrity in an emergency, providing a fire rating of either 30, 60 or 120 minutes. FIRE DOOR HINGES The hinges, which come in 10 different finishes ranging from antique brass to nickel plated, are suitable for any application whether light domestic or heavy commercial use. They fit all door furniture meaning that only the existing hinges will have to be replaced. For doors weighing up to 40kg, The Grade 7 CE marked and CERTIFIRE approved hinges are most suitable, and Grade 13 are suitable for doors weighing up to 120kg. FIRE RATED LOCKS AND LATCHES An integral part of the new PerryShield range are the premium tubular mortice latches that are essential to help prevent the spread of fire by ensuring the door remains closed in its frame. The latches are CE Marked and CERTIFIRE Approved for up to 30 minutes. The 3 lever Sashlocks and 3 lever deadlocks are CE Marked and CERTIFIRE Approved for up to 60 minutes. Continuing the ethos of supplying only high-quality products, PerryShield latch mechanisms are tested to over 200,000 cycles. INTUMESCENT PROTECTION KITS The PerryShield Intumescent Kits are made from a sheet of an ultra-thin and flexible high performance intumescent material. The 0.8mm sheet contains intercalated graphite providing up to 60 minutes of fire protection and offers prominent levels of expansion and insulation. This prevents heat transfer when fitted on ironmongery and rebated into timber door sets. Each kit is pre-cut to the right dimensions, for quick, clean and easy fitting, matching accurately the hinge, latch or lock it is designed for. All intumescent products are immune to moisture, humidity, atmospheric pollution or common industrial and household chemical substances. The kits have also been extensively tested to the latest British/European Standards BS.476 Part 22: 1987 30/60 min rated & BS EN 1634-1:2014 30/60 min. In some cases, if the kits are used in multiple layers, they can provide protection up to 240 minutes. LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | |