We marked another Fire Door Safety Week at the end of September with our resident expert on all things fire door Richard Kowalski, Group Technical Manager for the Door Division, offering some key pointers and information through a series of videos.
This content was designed to raise awareness around how to install and use fire doors safety, covering inspection and maintenance too – our way of getting behind this important annual education and information campaign by the British Woodworking Federation.
For those that might have missed it, here are some of the key points Richard shared:
Installation: One of the most common times for errors to occur which can undermine the correct functioning of a fire door is during the installation process – and as a responsible manufacturer, this is an area where Stairways has stepped up to help as much as possible.
One of the biggest questions we get asked is about the correct undercuts to the bottom of the door. That’s why we now provide all our fire doors with a small luggage label style tag to the bottom of the frame containing the correct undercut gap information for the installer. The tag is also marked with a QR code which leads to online installation instructions, and installation instructions are also provided with all order confirmations and call off confirmations. We make it as easy as possible to get things right at installation.
Understanding Certification: Fire door certification is no one size fits all – in fact Stairways works with 20 different door manufacturers, which equates to 40 different door types, and 70 different fire certificates. This is why it is so important to refer to and understand the certification document for your specific door set. Stairways offers training to all our staff in fire certification and building regulations, so if you need an informed manufacturer to help you navigate certification and fire door regulations, look no further!
Finding qualified installers: Another common question we get asked is “how do I identify that someone is qualified to install a fire door?” We recommended that any installer of a fire door should be competent. One way to achieve competency is to ensure the installation company you’re working with is part of a third-party installation certification scheme, or that your individual installer has an NVQ in site installation.
For building users/residents: if you are a resident in a building with fire doors, make sure your fire doors are inspected at least once per year by a competent inspector and maintenance is carried out in accordance with the fire certification. All Stairways doors are supplied with operations and maintenance manuals – containing all the information you need to carry this out correctly.
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