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Fire Door Safety Week (24th – 30th September 2018)

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A door’s a door, right? No, a fire door is an engineered safety device. Here at Pendle Doors Ltd all our fire doors are fully certified. Fire Door Safety Week will take place this year from 24th September until 30th September 2018.

This year’s campaign aims to spread public awareness. Its purpose is to engage & educate building owners and users on how to ensure they remain safe and reduce risks by having the right fire doors installed.

There are about three million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. These timber fire doorsets can be neglected for a number of reasons, generally due to incorrect fitting, propped open by others or badly damaged due to a lack of correct and efficient maintenance. What people fail to realise is that these fire doors are usually the first line of defence and therefore could be the difference between life and death. As a result, Fire Door Safety Week was created.

This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in everyday life, whether this be around the home, the workplace or everyday public buildings. It will draw attention to issues surrounding poor installation and maintenance, encouraging building owners to check the operation and condition of their fire doors, then replace any that aren’t satisfactory or meet fire regulation standards.

To help reduce the risk of fire, these five safety tips have been created by the #FireDoorSafetyWeek team.

  • Check for certification Is there a label or plug on top (or occasionally on the side) of the door to show it is a certificated fire door? You can use the selfie function on your camera phone or a mirror to check. If there is, that’s good news, otherwise report it to whoever is in charge of your building.

 

  • Check the gaps Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when closed. You can use a £1 coin to give a feel for scale, this is about 3mm thick. The gap under the door can be slightly larger (up to 8mm is not uncommon), but it does depend on the door – as a rule of thumb, if you can see light under the door, the gap is likely to be too big. It’s good news if the door fits the frame and it’s not damaged. If not, report it. If the gaps are too big smoke and fire could travel through the cracks.

 

  • Check the seals Are there any intumescent seals around the door or frame and are they intact with no sign of damage? These seals are usually vital to the fire door’s performance, expanding if in contact with heat to ensure fire (and in some cases smoke) can’t move through the cracks. If not, report it – the door may not be properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not protect you long enough.

 

  • Check the hinges Are the hinges firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws? If you see problems, report it – the door is obviously not properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not perform and hold back the fire for long enough.

 

  • Check the door closes properly Open the door about halfway, let go and allow it to close by itself. Does it close firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame? If not, report it. A fire door only works when it’s closed. A fire door is completely useless if it’s wedged open or can’t close fully.

If you think the building you’re living in, working in or visiting has a faulty fire door, report it to whoever manages or owns the building. Remember, fire doors save life and property.

So, if you’re looking for a UK door manufacturer to provide you with quality bespoke timber doorsets, contact us. We know that every door serves a purpose, whether that’s our PAS24 Secured by Design external doorsets for safety and security or a door that will leave that long-lasting impression.

Pendle Doors is there to help and protect. Contact us on 01254 870 850 for more information about our bespoke fire doors.

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In-House Veneer Line

fire rated doorsUsing Veneers on furnishings has multiple advantages and using them on a door instead of solid timber has even more. The core of a veneered door varies dependent upon fire rating and duty rating. We manufacture all our veneered doors to maximise protection, durability and longevity, but what are the benefits of choosing a bespoke veneer door?

The biggest advantage of veneered doors is that they can be more cost-effective than their solid wood counterparts. This is due to an engineered veneer door being made up of parts of a tree that may not normally be used. This also makes an engineered veneer door more environmentally friendly as manufacturers utilise pieces of wood that would have normally been wasted. Veneer doors are non-toxic as well as durable.

Similarly, unlike a solid wood door, veneered doors can look and feel exactly the same as each other ensuring continuity and a matching aesthetic appearance.  Timber doors can vary considerably depending on the timber used. Owing to this, veneer doors provide a greater range of options when it comes to design, style and size.

At Pendle Doors, we manufacture an in-house range of veneer doors which can suit a wide variety of applications and designs. Our team can manufacture a timber doorset that is fit for purpose and easy to assemble regardless of any specialist functions which may it be required to perform.  Each of our veneered doors is made with protection, durability and longevity in mind.

We can offer our veneering services to others to help to provide the perfect solution no matter what the project.  With an expert team on hand we can confirm which type of veneered door will be most appropriate for your environment whether it is a school, hospital or home. Our veneered doors can be completely fire resistant.

For more information about our veneering services and our in-house veneered doors, contact our team on 01254 870850. Or for more information about the products that we can provide, visit our product page.

Could Quality Fire Doors Have Prevented The Grenfell Tower Disaster?

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Fire rated doors can save lives, and this has never been more evident than when assessing the tragedy of Grenfell Tower this summer.  The high-rise tower block, which was home to 350 people in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea was insufficient in providing fire safety. In 2012 a fire risk assessment showed that the fire doors within the London tower block would not provide residents with even 30 minutes of fire protection, which is the minimum time a fire door should be able to protect residents for.

Therefore, it was recommended that all internal and external doors be replaced with quality fire doors.

The report also claimed that many residents had neglected fire safety precautions by replacing their own front doors with decorative models instead of fire doors. Parliament was informed that there were hundreds of quality fire doors missing from the building, something which should have been resolved in safety inspections and risk assessments.

Fire rated doors are designed to deliver two main functions, they provide a defensive barrier from fire and smoke when shut and aim to reduce fire damage within the property, should such situation occur.

It is recommended that fire rated doors are installed in areas that are most at risk of fire, usually kitchens or rooms with a significant amount of electrical equipment. Modern domestic properties are subject to building regulations, stipulating when and where fire doors must be used. Most significantly when considering Grenfell, they are required in buildings which are three or more storeys high for every habitable room next to the stairwell.

How many lives could have been spared with the use of quality fire doors for use both internally and externally throughout Grenfell Tower? Had proper precautions been in place and fire doors made mandatory by the council who owned the building, could things have been different?

At Pendle Doors we manufacture and stock a range of timber fire doors and door sets with up to and including 120 minutes of fire protection. It is vital that fire doors are placed in residential properties to help prevent disasters like Grenfell, call our sales team on 01254 870 850 for advice on how to make your residential property safe.

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