BM TRADA to stream fire door test in support of Fire Door Safety Week

BM TRADA, part of the Exova Group, will be supporting Fire Door Safety Week by streaming footage from a fire door test into Fire Door Sure?, an event being held at the Building Centre in London on 17 September to mark the launch of BWF-CERTIFIRE’s new Best Practice Guide to selecting, installing, using and maintaining fire doors.

The 30-minute fire resistance test, which will be shown at 11am, offers viewers an opportunity to see for themselves the crucial role played by fire doors in saving lives and property. It can also be viewed online via a password protected link. To register and receive login details, email sschofield(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Filmed in BM TRADA’s testing laboratories in High Wycombe, the test shows two identical doors subjected to a prolonged period of fire. One of the doors will have been correctly specified and fitted, while the other will demonstrate many of the common mistakes made.

The test will show the significant difference in fire resistance between the two doors, highlighting the importance of appropriate specification and installation and clearly demonstrating why a door must be adequately maintained throughout its life.

Also on display will be full size models of a charred fire door and a glazing system which have undergone such a fire test. The models show in dramatic fashion the effectiveness of correctly specified and installed fire doors. One side of the door is burnt, while the other side is unaffected by the flames.

BM TRADA will also have a team of technical experts at the event to answer queries and offer advice to building owners, facilities managers, specifiers and installers.

Graham Edwards, Group Marketing Manager at BM TRADA, said:

“This is an excellent way to show just how important it is to correctly specify and fit fire doors. Anyone viewing the test will see the failure points very quickly.”

Fire Door Safety Week, organised by the British Woodworking Federation and supported by BM TRADA, takes place between 14-20 September. It aims to draw attention to the critical role played by fire doors in saving lives and property and to educate building owners and building users on how to correctly install and maintain them. The week will be marked by a series of events.

Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, said:

“The rates of fire deaths and casualties are reducing, but there are still an average of 25 fatalities or injuries from building fires every day. Fire doors are a crucial first line of defence in many of these fires, and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. Fire doors are often the first thing to be downgraded in a specification, mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

“We want to see organisations and building owners in every sector pledge support to Fire Door Safety Week and take action today to check their fire doors.”

The live fire door test is an integral part of BM TRADA’s popular Fire Doors Explained CPD seminar, which offers an introduction to fire door regulations, construction, testing, installation and maintenance. For further information on this and other BM TRADA fire safety training days, visit