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Automatic Release Fire Doors For Shared & Commercial Buildings

Date: 26 January 2023

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?

Here's a way to avoid endangering your occupants by combining convenience with safety!

It's a tricky question that many a Responsible Person up and down the UK is asking themselves... How to fulfil your duty of care 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 compliant fire doors have a notice on them, saying "Fire door, keep closed". All very well...

But a closed door in a shared building is inconvenient. People like to prop your fire 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 can make these life saving doors a hassle. Luckily, fire safety equipment has advanced greatly in recent years and solved the problem...

Introducing Automatic Release Fire Doors

If your fire doors are propped open and a fire starts it will spread throughout your building. Leaving 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 activation, close smoothly and automatically. This means:

  • Your fire policy is adhered to
  • Flames are contained
  • Damage is minimised
  • People are kept safe

That is four wins! 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 and fire doors wedged open will no longer keep you up at night! In the event of an emergency, the doors shut. Automatically. Ensuring any fire is contained as it should be, even if it was left open. Problem well and truly solved!

How they work

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

Then, your "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.

One CRUCIAL point to remember... 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, obviously, 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 the safety of the occupants. It stands to reason that automatic fire doors are an essential piece of kit in these settings.

It's a balancing act, we know...

So we wrote the ebook on it! Click here or tap the image below to download your copy of Balancing Budget and Fire Safety to get all the info from the experts.

Balancing Budget & Fire Safety

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