A number of commercial and public buildings are falling foul of fire door safety regulations and putting people’s lives at risk, research shows.
A survey of more than 800 trade professionals, carried out ahead of Fire Door Safety Week 2016, found that 93% of tradespeople have spotted a fire door being propped open illegally with a door stop during work on a commercial or public building.
Fire doors are blocked or obstructs
Commercial buildings that are home to small or medium sized businesses are the worst offenders, with 72% likely to prop doors open illegally. Commercial buildings housing large businesses came next (64%) and then public buildings (42%).
The IronmongeryDirect study revealed that 74% of tradespeople have found a blocked fire door. More than half (58%) have noted accessibility issues with fire doors in commercial or public buildings.
More than 7 in 10 (73%) say the main problem is that many fire doors don’t have ‘intumescent seals’. These are vital for the fire door’s performance, and without them serious fire accident could be caused.
Other common problems are doors not closing properly (63%), incorrect signage (49%), general wear and tear (47%) and loose or faulty latches (30%).
Fire safety advice given to businesses
IronmongeryDirect has created a fire door safety checklist to make it easy to spot a dodgy fire door and check it’s working correctly.
Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “Fire safety is clearly still a significant problem concerning commercial and public buildings in the UK so having robust safety procedures in place is extremely important to ensure that building occupants and users are safe.”
Mr Lysaght-Mason warns that fire doors play a crucial part in the fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building but says the company’s research shows more needs to be done to ensure they are installed and maintained properly to comply with fire regulations and provide the utmost protection.
“Our fire door safety checklist can make it easier to spot unsafe fire doors and we hope this encourages more people to check their condition and get them back in good working order,” he added.
Source: Construction Manager Magazine
Date Published: October 16, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown