Fitzpatrick & Heavey Endorses 'Fire Door Safety Week'
Fitzpatrick & Heavey, one of Ireland's only hotel contractor specialists, discusses the importance of upgrades and the maintenance of fire doors in the wake of "Fire Door Safety Week", which took place between September 25 and October 1.
Fitzpatrick & Heavey asserts that, as the first line of defence in any building, fire doors should be a number one priority, particularly for hospitality sector businesses.
"Fire Door Safety Week" was established to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors and draw attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance as well as to engage and educate people and help the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors. "Fire Door Safety Week" also aimed to encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and report those that aren’t satisfactory.
Common Fire Door Safety Issues
Fitzpatrick & Heavey contracts manager Alan Kirwan highlights some of the most common fire door safety issues that occur in large scale hospitality and commercial buildings:
- Defective door closing devices
- Defective or non-fire-rated glazing used in vision panels
- Cracked or damaged vision panels
- Lack of compliant fire door signage
- Poorly hung door leaf that needs to be repositioned to minimise gaps
- Non stamped or non-fire rated ironmongery such as hinges, locks and levers
- Damaged woodwork where heavy daily use has damaged the materials over time
- Replacement of intumescent seals and strips
Fitzpatrick & Heavey advocates that hotel and facility managers ensure that they engage with a certified fire engineer who is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers, and that they asses fire doors in accordance with the BS 8214 & BS 9999 standards, providing appropriate guidance for the routine inspection and maintenance of fire doors.
Kirwan stated, "As part B of Building Regulations 2006, BS 8214 & BS 9999 recommends that fire doors should be inspected every six months, something on which most hotels unfortunately fall behind. Fire Door Safety is a brilliant initiative to reinforce these checks and to put fire door inspections back in the forefront of people's minds, and hopefully prevent any tragedies over the coming years."
About Fitzpatrick & Heavey
Fitzpatrick & Heavey is a multi-faceted contractor, offering fire door audits, fire safety audits, inspections and upgrades all under one roof. The company specialises in fire safety within the hotel sector, guaranteeing your hotel is in full compliance with legal building standards.
Fitzpatrick & Heavey provides full certification upon completion of upgrades to all fire doors.
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