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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
September 28, 2016

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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Dodgy fire doors exposed in secret footage

Theodore Firedoor went undercover at a recently built UK school and a major city hospital to see if the fire doors complied with regulations.

To mark Fire Door Safety Week IFSEC Global brings you both these episodes, as well as an interview with the fire officer at Loughborough University. If you spot any dodgy doors in the buildings you visit or work in, then you can post your pictures or alert Thedore Firedoor to the problem on its Facebook page.

In episode one, below, the FDIS gap checker finds serious gaps in the doors, meaning smoke will pass through all too easily. There are also issues with door closers and creaky doors at this newly built school. One of the doors is actually BWF certified, but is nevertheless non-compliant thanks to shoddy installation and a lack of maintenance.

Episode two now and a building where fre safety is particularly critical: a hospital. The benefits of fire doors – that the passage of smoke is contained within the area the fire has started – are vital in this environment, where evacuation will unavoidably be slow. How dispiriting, then, that Theodore Fire Door Should uncover a “distinct lack of maintenance”, “impact damage”,  “heavy edge damage”, large gaps and missing intuescent seals

In episode three Theodore Firedoor interviews Rod Harrison, fire safety officer at Loughborough University, about his role in keeping fire doors well maintained and securing the cooperation of students in keeping doors closed.

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