Do your fire doors perform in a real life situation?

A recent fire at a block of flats in Pixton, Derbyshire is the latest real life example to demonstrate the necessity of specifying the right fire doors for your new build or refurbishment works. Luckily, nobody was injured in the blaze, and leading door and window supplier to the social housing sector, Nationwide Windows, is proud to say that the fire doors it manufactured and fitted did exactly what they were supposed to do.

Fire and Rescue Services in Great Britain attended 212,500 fires in 2013 – 2014, and while this figure actually reflects the drop in fires seen in the last 10 years, the fact is that fire will kill if a building does not meet all the relevant technical and regulatory requirements for fire safety. What’s more, the social housing sector knows all too well that there has been a significant shift since the Fire Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with more onus placed on clients themselves to specify safely, so partnering with suppliers who hold third party accreditations is the best way to provide independent assurance to architects, specifiers, enforcing authorities and building owners that every door involved in their schemes meets all the relevant requirements, and as demonstrated in the Pixton flats – which are managed by Bolsover Borough Council – will do the job it is supposed to do.

Chris Costall, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager at Nationwide Windows comments:

“We are obviously very thankful that nobody was injured at the Pixton flats, but equally pleased to say that our doors performed in exactly the manner they were supposed to. There are several critical processes from the point of fire door specification to installation in homes. Whilst some companies are approved to manufacture the doors, these high levels are then not always matched when it comes to the fitting process, and this can create a crucial break point in what should be a water tight process. Our vertically integrated status as third party accredited Q-Mark approved manufacturers and installers of fire doors means that we are able to bridge that break point for our customers.

“As demonstrated in Pixton, it is vital that all doors are specified, manufactured, installed, and checked correctly. Under the Q-Mark scheme, clients can rest assured that approved manufacturers and installers like our company have committed themselves to a rigorous certification programme ensuring that passive protection products like fire doors achieve their aim of protecting lives and property. Our FD30S fire doors are put under scrutiny to ensure BS 476 Part 22: 1987 fire resistance, BS 476 Part 31.1: 1983 for smoke, while our assembly and installation are all tested to BS 8214:2008. And for even more peace of mind, every fire rated door set manufactured and installed by Nationwide Windows and Doors under the BM TRADA scheme will be plugged for ease of identification. Bolsover Borough Council can say that their fire doors are made and fitted to perform, can you say the same?”