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It is rare that, other than in test conditions, the vital role that fire doors play in protecting lives and property is witnessed.

However, in pictures recently released by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service, the ability of fire doors to restrict damage was clearly demonstrated.

Fire Doors play their part to hold back fire - Fire Safety Services

They show the results of a fire that started on the roof of a school near Poole. Because it happened during school holidays it had been burning for more than hour before the 999 call was made.

By the time fire engines arrived it was impossible for the fire officers to get near to it so that it continued to blaze unsuppressed for hours.

Andy Fox, Head of Fire Safety at Dorset Fire & Rescue Service said:
 “We took photos in the aftermath of this school fire, which clearly show the value of fire doors. It’s usually difficult to describe just how important they are but these pictures need no description and show exactly how effective correctly installed and maintained fire doors can be.”

These images demonstrate just how important it is to ensure that fire doors, are not only installed correctly, but have regular inspections and maintenance to ensure their performance in the moment of need.

As buildings age, many things will change, and in the case of fire doors wear and tear, damage, alterations etc. will start to have an effect on their ability to perform. Gaps may widen if adjustments are not made, smoke seals and intumescent strips may become damaged or even go missing, door furniture may be changed which in turn may compromise the fire retarding performance of the door(s).

Be sure that your fire doors will do their job if the worst happens; get them inspected periodically by a competent company who have the appropriate third party accreditations for the work, and ensure the required adjustments and repairs are completed before it’s too late.

If you are concerned or require help with your fire doors and passive fire protection, please contact us and speak with one of our team.

Adam Cahill

Adam Cahill

Specialist Services Manager

Adam has around 10 years experience of working in Health & Safety and specialises in developing sales and key accounts in relation to our portable appliance testing division.

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