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To mark this year’s Fire Door Safety Week, the physical security product company Abloy UK has brought out a guide to the subject. Designed with facilities managers and nominated Responsible Persons in mind, the guide is free to download and for use in a review of fire doors, the firm says.

In 2019, the Fire Door Inspection Scheme found that 76pc of fire doors inspected were condemned as not fit for purpose, with excessive gaps, damaged smoke seals and poorly adjusted door closers the top reasons for failings.

The research suggests that more organisations need to focus on fire door safety and how to ensure their solutions remain safe and compliant. Hence the guide outlines whose responsibility fire doors are, with a seven-step guide to door inspection and a printable check list to assist with record keeping.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “We take our commitment to fire door compliance incredibly seriously. Anyone with a responsibility for access control has a duty to increase their knowledge and commit to making buildings safe for occupants: specifying the correct solution can mean the difference between life and death.

“I understand that there are many other pressing priorities in 2020, but to be frank you’ll care a lot less about these if you’re trapped in a burning building. That’s why we must never, ever let fire door safety slip, and instead find the best solutions that combine touch-free access along with compliance for emergency escape.”

To download the free fire safety guide and compliance tick list, visit https://bit.ly/3ivOp8U.


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