Under Pressure

Since the Grenfell tragedy in 2016, there has been an increased focus on fire-safety compliance in all communal buildings. 

This focus sharpened even more when, early in 2018, the media unearthed evidence of some non-compliant products having been installed there, including internal fire doors that had been fitted without smoke seals. 

As a result, there has been heightened attention on every aspect of safety, not least on fire doors. Fire officers and building management personnel understandably want to ensure they have covered every possible safety angle. To this end, they are now often insisting on going beyond the specifications required by regulations. 

However, in trying to ensure doors provide the maximum protection against fire and smoke, another potential problem can arise that, if not addressed, can undermine those good intentions.

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