Fire safety breaches can result in hefty fines and jail sentences. With this in mind, ASSA Abloy UK is offering end users salient advice on door closers in relation to fire safety.
According to Atomik Research, 45% of those responsible for fire safety within their organisations say they wouldn’t know how to spot a suspect fire door.
Door closers play a critical part in fire and smoke protection. ASSA Abloy UK’s DC700G-FM Free-Motion door closer is the first door closer for door widths of up to 1,400 mm that combines a free-swing function with Cam-Motion technology, allowing users to operate fire doors with the same low forces as non-fire doors. This replicates the absence of a door closer, but offers reliable closing in the event of a fire.
Ideal for providing barrier-free access, the DC700G-FM Free-Motion door closer satisfies BS 8300, helping towards meeting the requirements of Approved Document M of the Buildings Regulations and The Equalities Act 2010 for building owners, users and visitors.
The product is also suitable for use in schools, hospitals or residential care homes where the young, elderly or infirm may struggle in dealing with the forces associated with conventional door controls.
David Hindle, head of door closer sales at ASSA Abloy UK, said: “Shaftesbury Care Group Ltd has recently been hit with a hefty fine and costs totalling £410,000 due to fire safety failings at a care home. This serves as a stark warning to businesses that failing to carry out fire safety responsibilities can have detrimental consequences.”
Hindle added: “It’s essential that those responsible for fire safety within organisations ensure the correct door closers are installed. Door closers on fire and smoke protection doors can be a complex matter, since they must present the user with the lowest possible opening forces, while still retaining a high closing force in line with legislation.”