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Are fire doors and access a contradiction?

Make no mistake, fire doors save lives and property. Not just a regular door, fire doors are a building’s armour in a fire. They block fire and smoke from rapidly spreading so people can escape.

But what about when there is no fire? When you’re working in a busy building, closed fire doors can be in the way; they are heavy and a nuisance.

With this in mind, coupled with the fact that over a quarter of people do not know it is illegal to wedge or prop open a fire door, it’s not surprising that you can find this happening…

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This is a typical example of a fire door being propped open with a door wedge. If a fire breaks out, fire and smoke will spread quickly throughout the building.

Not just your standard wedge, fire doors can be propped open with anything.
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Don’t have anything else to hold that pesky door open?  I guess this will do…
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Life is easier if a fire door can be held open, to allow freedom of movement and circulation of air. However, for fire doors to work, they need to be closed.

But, because of the need for access, people will always look for ways to hold open a fire door. One of the most common solutions found is the door wedge, which also happens to be one of the greatest hazards in fire safety.

As well as threatening lives and property, wedging open a fire door can lead to consequences such as fines, closed businesses, damaged reputations and even prison.

If you’re unsure about what to do regarding fire safety regulations, don’t worry. We are here to help. We understand that convenience is important in a busy environment, which is why we provide simple and trusted solutions to the problem of wedged open fire doors.

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