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Fire door safety week

September 15, 2014 by · Comments Off on Fire door safety week 

Fire door safety week logo

350 people lost their lives due to fire in 2012-13*. Although this is 47 fewer than the previous year there is still more that can be done.  From today to 21st September the second Fire Door Safety Week takes place.

Fire doors save lives and property, organised by BWF Certifire the Fire Door Safety Week is all about raising awareness of this critical element of fire safety in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building and their website offers advice and guidance on specifying fire doors.

As part of Fire Door Safety Week, we are offering a free gap tester to all specifiers that visit our tradecounter in Newton Abbot during September. Designed to measure the gap between the door frame and door leaf this handy little tool can immediately tell you if the gap around the fire door is more than the recommended 3mm.

GEZE gap tester
*Source: Fire Statistics Great Britain 2012-13, Department for Communities and Local Government.

British-made Royde and Tucker H102 Hi-Load hinges

June 9, 2014 by · Comments Off on British-made Royde and Tucker H102 Hi-Load hinges 


The H102 hinge is a three knuckle, fixed pin butt hinge.  The bearing arrangement in Royde and Tucker H102 Hi-Load hinges accounts for both vertical and lateral loads, as well as spreading the load over as wide a surface area as possible. This design, in conjunction with its unique material and lubricant properties, results in its unrivalled performance.
Specifications: 100×88×3mm Three knuckle butt hinge, Maximum adjusted door weight 120kg, To BS EN 1935 Grade 13, Minimum door thickness 44mm, Maintenance free, guaranteed for 25 years, CE Certificate No. 1121-CPD-AC0063, Suitable for use on fire doors: Certifire approved – CF209, To be fitted with HP102 intumescent hinge pads, if being installed on fire doors c/w metric 5 × 32mm wood screws.
Unless stated Mild steel substrate, Grade 304 or 316 stainless steel available.  The finish shown in the photo is BSS – Brushed Stainless Steel.

A fire door test at Lorient

February 21, 2014 by · Comments Off on A fire door test at Lorient 

Members of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers were treated to a fire test at Lorient UK‘s headquarters in Newton Abbot today.  The furnace was fitted with two miniature hinged 30 minute fire doors (FD30s) each with reinforced vision panels.  The door on the left was fully sealed with intumescent materials, which are designed to swell up under extreme heat – sealing the gaps and slowing the progression of the fire.  The door on the right was unsealed.
fire test 1
With observers fully kitted out in safety glasses, at 3.22pm the gas furnace was switched on.  Within 3 minutes the air temperature inside was approaching 500°C and wisps of smoke were seen emanating from around the frame of the unsealed door.  There were occasional puffs from the bottom of the sealed door at this stage and indeed, the unsealed door stopped smoking for a while.  A wide variation in results (up to 15%) is permissible under test conditions within the first 10 minutes of the test, but after that the door’s behaviour becomes more strictly monitored.  There are a variety of intumescent materials depending upon the use; for the purposes of this test Lorient’s 10 x 4mm intumescent fire & smoke seals (made from sodium silicate) were morticed into the frame around the sides & top of the sealed door.
fire test 2
The hinges (Royde & Tucker HiLoad) were backed with intumescent hinge pads made from mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP).  The glass vision panel was surrounded by intumescent glazing gasket made from a graphite compound.  The unsealed door had none of these advantages and, sure enough, 22 minutes into the test at a temperature of 800°C it was well blackened at the top and smoking like a chimney – particularly from the top leading edge corner – opposite the hinge side.  The glass panels in both cases had been crackling away periodically and had begun spitting a few tiny shards onto the floor.
fire test
Two minutes later flames began to flash outside the top half of the unsealed door but this itself is not considered “failure” – this comes when flames are sustained outside the furnace for 10 seconds – and in this test failure occurred for the unsealed door at 27 minutes.  A Georgia Pacific gypsum board was attached over the blazing breach and edged around with Lorient intumescent sealant so the test could continue with our attention drawn to the sealed door.  By now this poor door was really showing the strain, particularly around the vision panel, where the graphite was bulging and sooty grey smolderings were discolouring the top and frame.  The room, part of Lorient’s high tech testing facilities snuggled in the lee of the Dartmoor countryside, was warm but not uncomfortably so – surely the furnace was nicely insulated and extracted – I had been warned that fire tests can become overwhelmingly hot for observers, so this pleased me.  At 42 minutes and a temperature of nearly 700°C insistent flames began licking up from the lower hinge side of the frame – the sealed door surrendered to its fate and the test was over.

I’m looking for good quality panic exit bolts, where are the Exidor ones made?

February 19, 2010 by · Comments Off on I’m looking for good quality panic exit bolts, where are the Exidor ones made? 

The Exidor range is designed to a high specification and manufactured entirely in Great Britain, to a system approved to ISO9001:2000.  They carry the CE mark and have been mechanically tested to EN179 and EN1125.  The Exidor range has also been fire-rated for use on timber and steel doors, approved by Certifire.  If you’re looking for extra high security, the Exidor 700 series have been used in the Burglary Resistance Test LPS 1175.