Fire doors are one of the least understood of all the passive fire protection measures in a building. Mike Sopp advises on how to make sure they are up to standard.

Most of the time, a fire door is like any other door and will be treated as such. However, if fire breaks out, fire doors are required to perform a specific function in preventing smoke and fire spread and allowing the safe evacuation of staff.

A fire door is also much more than just a door leaf. It is a carefully, precisely designed and engineered item of equipment, tested in accordance with British and European standards to ensure that, if it is ever called upon, it does what it is supposed to do.

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