Understanding the importance of Fire Safety
Post Grenfell, concerns regarding fire safety have become centre stage. Not only are they being taken more seriously, but the fire regulations themselves are now in the lime light in order to raise standards.
Given that the responsibility of these concerns sits on the shoulders of the building owners, we are finding ever more Site Managers [insert other job titles here] are becoming confused about the requirements to be legally compliant. In addition to this the lack of understanding and shortage of legitimate certified installers, often results in Site Owners having little to no paperwork to back up their various installations.
The lack of insufficient paperwork to back up work installations instantly puts schools, factories, residential units and the likes of at risk of fines and closures in the best of situations. We have all seen the footage of Grenfell regarding the physical outcome of poor fire safety.
Rather than panicking and trying to cover tracks, we urge companies to engage with companies such as ourselves to assess the situation at hand.
Common client issues
- Builders installing ‘Fire Doors’ which later have to be replaced.
- Lack of or no official documentation, leading to suspension / fines / incidents being investigated (by law).
- General confusion and miscommunication regarding the installation, maintenance and repair of Fire Doors.
- Simply finding it hard to find a service provider who will provide honest, reliable and official advice regarding fire safety.
- Providers who lack knowledge and holistic experience regarding install / maintenance of fire doors and security implications where present.
- Lack of technical knowledge – correct hinges, frames, door leaf’s, vision panels used and the likes of. Essentially it’s a technically engineered product which cant be installed like a standard door.
- A service provide who can not only deal with fire doors, but can also advise on all things to do with entry & exit, such as Access Control, Locking Hardware, Door Security and the likes of.
Not all doom and gloom
That being said, it’s not all doom and gloom. We have worked on thousands of doors / entrances and can confidently say that improving door security / safety can have additional benefits. Some of which include better monitoring of staff, reduction in theft, happier students, cleaner hospitals, better control of access and the likes of.
In essence, fire / security is at the forefront of people’s minds. Having 100% bullet proof certification can only be a selling point to stakeholders, regardless of your sector.