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New Home Horror! Check Your Fire Doors To Keep Your Family Safe

Date: 17 December 2019
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How many of us think to check the Fire Doors in our homes? Some people might not even realise they have them, or need them!

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Fire Doors are not just for business premises, they are powerful life-savers that can protect our families too. At least, they can if they're fitted properly, unlike those in this story...

Unhappy new home

David and Victoria moved into a new-build home so some minor snags were to be expected.

One of the fire doors wouldn't close securely. Quite a few had screws missing from the hinge plates. However, what most of us would have thought was a chippy cutting corners, David realised was a dangerous problem!

He said:

"This planted a seed of doubt with regard to their installation - a competent fire door installer would not have left the doors with these basic flaws, or unfinished."

This led him to check further and he found more evidence that the doors hadn't been fitted to the correct standard, including:

  • large gaps around the doors which had not been filled with a fire resistant material
  • gaps underneath the doors that were bigger than they should be, so would allow smoke to slip through
  • gaps around and beneath the fire doors that exceeded the manufacturer's specifications
  • missing intumescent seals from around the doorways

Doorway to danger

The doors themselves weren't the problem. It was the way they had been fitted that made them useless. And worse than useless, dangerous.

Fire doors must be installed correctly to do their job. If they're not, smoke and flames can get past them, cutting off escape routes for people in the building. Fire and toxic fumes spread quickly to threaten life as well as causing damage.

Every Fire Door installation that Blake's do is 1st party inspected, quality checked and signed off by a BMTRADA trained installer. Whether it's a private home or huge public building, you can be sure every step of the process is certified and safe.

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Check your fire doors at home

David had some knowledge of fire safety from his job. But most of us wouldn't know what to look for so here are 5 quick checks you can make on your Fire Doors.

Blake Fire & Security Systems are members of the FDIS. If you have any concerns, please contact us for a professional inspection. From one door to hundreds, we are big enough to cope and small enough to care.

We also offer maintenance that extends the life of your Fire Door. All fire door maintenance work by Blake Fire & Security Systems is carried out to the level of BMTRADA standards. And all our service engineers have passed an Enhanced DBS check.

Click the button below to ask a question or request a visit from a Fire Door specialist. One of our friendly professionals will get back to you ASAP!

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