UK fire doors are not up to the job according to FDIS research

Analysis by FDIS of a sample of assessments* carried out by fire door inspectors has revealed disturbingly common and large scale problems in buildings across the UK.

Identified issues that have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of fire doors to hold back smoke and flames in a fire include:

• Over 61% had problems with fire or smoke seals
• More than a third had incorrect signage
• 230 fire doors inspected had gaps bigger than 3mm between the door and its frame (as specified in BS9999:2008 and BS8214:2008)
• More than 20% had unsuitable hinges
• Almost 1 in 6 had damage to the door leaf

Neil Ashdown, FDIS general manager, says: “These stats make interesting reading showing an average 3.7 faults per door inspected. Fire doors in the majority of UK building stock are not fit for purpose, these are the facts. Compartmentation is the most effective means for providing fire safety and this survey shows how seriously safety is being compromised.’’

*677 doors were inspected at 31 sites resulting in the identification of 2506 faults.

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