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Fire Door Safety Week 2023

Fire doors save lives. In the event of a fire, a fire door is an essential weapon against the spread of fire and preserving life. However, these specialist doors can only work if used correctly which is why this Fire Door Safety Week (Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September) we are supporting the campaign to ‘close the door on fire’.

The British Woodworking Federation’s Fire Door Safety Week aims to raise the awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in saving lives and protecting property.

Research conducted in 2022 found that shockingly more than 30% of people believed that a propped open fire door was safe and 15% of people believed keeping a fire door closed stops it performing.

These statistics really highlight the lack of understanding around the role of fire doors,’ says Principal Doorsets Director, Stan Bond. “Fire doors are not like any other door, they contain components that work together to ensure that in the unfortunate event of a fire, the flames and smoke are contained in a compartment for a specified time. This allows time for people to evacuate from the building and causes less damage to the building structure. However, we are still seeing and hearing stories of fire doors being propped open in buildings which means in the event of a fire they will not work, with lives and property at risk.”

The issues around fire door safety don’t exist only in high-rise, high-risk buildings. Fire doors exist across all industries and sectors, including offices, care homes, hospitals, schools, and housing. The advice is the same no matter the building type. If there is a fire door, it must be kept closed.

Principal Doorsets is proud to be certified to the highest standards for our fire doors and we carry out rigorous testing on our products.

“We have been producing BM TRADA Q-Mark products here at Principal Doorsets since we began production nine years ago,’ Stan explains. “We are third party accredited under the Q-Mark, Fire Door manufacturing scheme, which is regarded as one of the most rigorous certification processes available. By using thorough testing in a UKAS certified furnace, we can see that when a fire door is closed it is able to fulfil its role in containing the fire, allowing time for people in the building to escape and minimising the damaging effects to the building.”

BM Trada uses plugs to identify fire performance. The plugs are machined into the edge of the doorset (can be frame of leaf) that are not easily removed or damaged. This allows a longer life cycle for the doorset by identifying fire resistance and the manufacturer.

BM Trada – Colour Coding of Identification Plug System:

Plug ID

The outer plugs represent the following periods of Fire resistance (minutes):

Plug outer

The inner “Tree” inserts represent:

Tree desc

Non fire side of doorsetFire side of doorset

From Dorset & Wilshire Fire & Rescue Service

With more than 400 years of combined experience in doorset supply, at Principal Doorsets, we pride ourselves on creating high quality, performance doorsets. We closely monitor industry and construction standards to enable us to provide each customer with the assurance that their projects conform to the latest standards.

Fire Door Safety Week is owned and managed by the British Woodworking Federation and supported by the BWF Fire Door Alliance.

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