ASSA ABLOY Security Doors launches fire door safety whitepaper

Guidance document comes in wake of Grenfell Towers tragedy

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors has launched a thought-provoking white paper focusing on the critical subject of fire door safety.

The white paper covers key topics of fire door safety and follows last year’s tragic Grenfell Tower disaster, which put the spotlight firmly on fire safety in public buildings.

Topics include the purpose and effectiveness of fire doors, fire door regulations, and manufacturing and installation.

Fire doors are one of the most important and effective elements of a building’s passive fire protection and ASSA ABLOY Security Doors wanted to discuss how mandatory inspection and maintenance of fire doors can only serve to protect a building and its occupants.

The white paper discusses in detail how installing correctly-specified fire doors can significantly reduce the spread of fire within a building. It then provides practical information which covers current fire door guidance, standards and accreditation.

It also calls for the UK government to adopt and enforce a mandatory fire door inspection and maintenance scheme.

Brian Sofley, managing director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, and author of the whitepaper, said: “Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly manufactured and installed.

“However, there is nothing in UK law or building regulations that states public buildings must maintain fire doors, even though they are a life-saving product.

“This white paper provides information and guidance about fire door safety as a whole and I hope it will prove useful for those involved in the construction industry as well as those lobbying to change fire door regulations in the UK.”

To download the whitepaper, click here.