FIRE DOORS SAFETY MONTH Q&A PART THREEOctober 9, 2020
IMS helps client reclaim cost from construction company for improper installationNovember 9, 2020
Hello everyone and welcome to the FINAL blog as part of our fire safety month initiative – it’s been a wild ride and IMS Group would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who followed and shared our information to help spread awareness on this important issue.
With out further adieu here is our final Q&A
- I heard adding Intumescent strips to a door makes it a fire door!
We cannot stress enough how UNTRUE this is. If the person who told you that was a politician we’d be screaming “FAKE NEWS!” A regular door CANNOT be ‘upgraded’ into a fire door. This is because a fire door MUST be made up of fire rated components and tested against a fire in a controlled setting. It MUST be certified or you will be held liable (and in danger). Trust us on this one, we’ve seen in our last blog how an improper fire door can hurt people.
2.What is a fire door damper?
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about this recently; A fire door damper is essentially a door closer. They automatically close in the event of fire (unless the door is foolishly propped open)
Dampers are made of fire rated material too and are often metal, there isn’t to date an ‘invisible’ damper so we are sorry if it doesn’t blend in well to the beautiful mural you painted (like one customer was upset about) but hey, what price safety right?
3.Why is my fire door not closing?
Warped wood, improper installation, damage to the frame and any number of issues can cause your fire door to stop closing and stop performing. When this happens, you need to call for a survey immediately. An inspection will help identify issues with the door for remedial works and even check other doors for ways to prevent the same problem. We call that PPM.
IMS can get you a quote the same day for a survey all we need is the number of fire doors at the premise and we will perform our 34 point check with a fully qualified engineer. Hassle free.
4.What happens if I don’t have a fire door?
We could point you in the direction of several grizzly news stories where fake fire doors or no fire doors at all jeopardized the lives of people during a fire. But we won’t, we’re not here to scare you we are here to help.
If you do not have fire doors when the regulations state you should in your building you could be liable and at risk. If your unsure if you are responsible or if your building needs fire doors give us a call and we’ll be happy to offer some free advice.
And that’s a wrap! It’s been a please talking to you all and remember if you have any more questions about fire doors or fire stopping we are only a click or a phone call away. Be sure to follow our socials for more fire protection information and news.
Bye bye! *safely closes fire door on way out*