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#1 Posted : 14 May 2001 14:29:00(UTC)
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Posted By Paul Leadbetter
Good afternoon everybody

I have just visited a prospective client who has recently moved into a new small business centre. The fire doors have blue spot on the edge to, presumably, indicate their class but they are not fitted with intumescent strips or cold smoke seals. The premises are used for general office activities only.

Can anybody tell me the meaning of the blue spot and whether intumescent strips or cold smoke seals are necessary or advisable in this case?

Thanks in anticipation

Paul Leadbetter
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#2 Posted : 15 May 2001 13:57:00(UTC)
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Posted By Martin R. Bessant
This message is posted on behalf of Gary Cutter who is unable to post messages at present.

"Hi Paul,

The answer to your question is not so straight forward as it would seem.

Fire doors are provided as means of escape in case of fire and as structural fire protection. It is perhaps incorrect to simply call a door a fire door because its fire resistance ability relies on the complete doorset. This will include frame and ironmongery all being compatable and able to function together. Generally, all doors have some fire spread delayng properties, but doors must have standards for test periods of 20, 30, or 60 minutes to be considered fire doors.

With fire resistance two properties are sought, that is integrity and insulation. Integrity is maintained if the door is prevented from deflecting or warping. This is achieved by good fit and a secondary restraint from the clamping/expanding action of the seals. Normally a fire officer would require doorsets to achieve both features. However, if the door has been required under the Building Regs. (which I suspect it has) then the only requirement would have ben integrity.

Now to your specific question. If the plug is blue with a white surround and has no intumescent seal fitted then it will offer 20 minutes integrity in the event of fire (assuming that the compete doorsey is good). If the door was fitted with intumescent seal in either the door edge or frame then, with the same assumption could offer 30 minutes protection.

Hope this is what you were looking for.

Regards,

Gary Cutter,
Chair - Fire Risk Management Specialist Group.
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#3 Posted : 15 May 2001 20:03:00(UTC)
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Posted By Paul Leadbetter
Martin

Please thank Gary for me for such a complete answer to my query.

REGARDS

Paul
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