Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
May 1, 2018

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FIRE SAFETY GONE WRONG

WATCH: 6 spectacular fire door fails

Delaying the spread of smoke and fire, properly fitted fire doors give building occupants extra time to evacuate when fire breaks out.

Sometimes a fire door can look perfectly up to the job to the untrained eye, yet be riven with problems that mean it gives way under the heat of a fire well before the 30 minutes minimum that fire doors should withstand have elapsed.

But the fire doors in this video, which were all in use in commercial and residential buildings, are pretty obviously deficient – you don’t need to be a a qualified fire risk assessor to see that. It’s pretty shocking to think the responsible persons thought they could be in any way acceptable.

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Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

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  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
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