Blake Fire and Security Systems

Automatic Release Fire Doors For Shared & Commercial Buildings

Date: 15 January 2019

Are you the Responsible Person, landlord or premises manager for a shared building? Can you guarantee the fire doors you're responsible for aren't propped open without your knowledge?

How can you fulfil your duty and ensure your fire doors comply with UK legislation if you aren't the only one using them?

Why do people prop fire doors open?

Fire doors work fantastically...when they're used correctly. That is, when they're kept closed as intended. You may notice that some fire doors have a sticker on them. saying "Fire door, keep closed".
But a closed door in a shared building is inconvenient. People like to prop the door open so it's easier to:
  • Get in and out of the kitchen area with cups of tea
  • Reduce congestion in reception areas
  • Create a clear path for large deliveries
  • Allow disabled access around the building

The hustle and bustle of everyday life make these life saving doors a hassle. Luckily, fire safety equipment has advanced greatly in recent years and solved the problem...

Automatic Release Fire Doors are here to solve your worries

If the fire doors are propped open, a fire starts and spreads throughout the building, it's your head on the block! You're the person that will have to explain why a fire wasn't contained.
Automatic release fire doors eliminate that problem. They can be set open for ease of movement but, in the event of a fire alarm, close smoothly and automatically. This means:
  • Your fire policy is adhered to
  • Flames are contained
  • Damage is minimised
  • People are kept safe
Take a look at our Fire Security Expert, Rory Foster, showing off the system in action at Blake's Southend HQ.

The risk of human error no longer keeps you up at night! In the event of an emergency the doors will ensure any fire is contained as it should be, even if it was left open.

How they work

You don't need brand new doors installed! Our experts connect your existing fire doors with a contraption that holds them open.

Then, "door hold" contraptions are linked to your fire alarm system so that, when the alarm sounds, the doors shut - as shown in the video above.

You MUST have a Fire Alarm System in place for the door openers to work.

Increase productivity and speed up evacuations

People and equipment can move around easily with electric fire doors. This can increase productivity and even speed up some processes. Win win!
What about larger buildings, hospitals or care homes with a horizontal evacuation policy?
Fire doors are crucial to the success of these policies and safety of the occupants. It stands to reason that automatic fire doors are essential kit in these settings.

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Blake's years of experience and accreditations from the security industry mean you're in safe hands. Our experts can provide you with a system that keeps your people safe and complies with UK laws.

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