Fire doors save life and property, but only if used properly. The Fire Door Safety Week Campaign aims to make sure building occupants and managers understand how they work, but no need to wait until the end of September, when the 2018 campaign reaches its crescendo – take action now!
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In the event of a fire, it is quite possible that an insurer would be unwilling to pay for damages when a door has been wedged or propped open. The majority of fire doors will hold a fire in a room for 30 minutes by which time the fire and rescue service will be on site. Wedging open doors can cause a chimney effect, which can cause fire to spread rapidly, and destroying entire buildings.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any commercial premises (and that includes blocks of flats) to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk.
If you’re concerned by this, we can happily make arrangements for a professional inspection for you, simply email or call us free on 08000 92 93 94. For more information on Fire Risk Assessment check out our FREE downloadable Fact Sheet.
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