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Common Fire Door Failings

Most Common Fire Door Fails Fire doors are a hugely important aspect of a building’s fire safety measures. A correctly functioning Fire Door will help to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building. By compartmentalising flame and smoke, a Fire Door is crucial in saving lives and preventing the destruction of buildings. …

Third Party Fire Door Accreditations

Why Is Third Party Accreditation Important? Third Party Accreditation gives you peace of mind that your fire door specialist has the required knowledge and skills to undertake work on fire doors. Here at Worksmart, we are registered with two UKAS accredited schemes – the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) and BM Trada Q Mark. We …

Most Commonly Believed Myths about Fire Doors

We’re living in a world of ignorance and misinformation. In the case of Fire Doors and Fire Safety, myth and misinformation can lead to legal repercussions or even death. The problem is, there are so many regulations and standards it isn’t easy for non-fire safety professionals to keep abreast of them. Here, we try to …

What’s the Difference Between Passive and Active Fire Protection?

What Is Passive Fire Protection? Basically, Passive Fire Protection is fire protection that is completely passive. It does not require any stimulus in order to do its job. A 60-minute fire screen constructed using the appropriate plasterboards and insulation will resist a fire merely by virtue of its construction and materials. It is essential to …

Hotels and Passive Fire Protection

Being in the hotel sector, you will be acutely aware of the challenges of managing all the elements of fire safety in often complex buildings, but how sure are you that your fire doors are compliant and are you fulfilling all your Passive Fire Protection requirements? Two catastrophic hotel blazes in the last month, at …

As Fire Door Awareness Grows, Ignorance to Responsibility Remains

For obvious reasons, there has been a massive amount of coverage of fire safety matters in the press and social media over the last few months. So much has been said about product testing and certification: Who is responsible for what? Where’s the money going to come from? etc. Most of this is related, of …

Hotels and Fire Safety

If you are in the hotel sector, you will be acutely aware of the challenges of managing all the elements of fire safety in often complex buildings, where people are sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings – but how sure are you that your fire doors are compliant and that you, your staff and your guests are …

Introducing Steven MacDonald

Introducing Steven MacDonald, the latest member of the Worksmart Team to qualify as an FDIS Certified Fire Door Inspector! Steven is a valued and long-term member of the Worksmart family and brings a lifetime of relevant experience to the role. He is an accomplished tradesman and site supervisor and is looking forward to using his …

MHCLG Test Certificate Scheme for fire doors

MHCLG Test Certificate Scheme for fire doors? Never heard of it? That’s because I made it up – but it’s something that occurred to me as I was writing this blog. I’m sure someone else will have thought it too and I’d be interested in your thoughts on the idea. It is a commonly understood …

Firedoor inspection

In the course of my recent travels I have inspected about 120 fire doors for compliance with the regulations. I have been shocked, but not surprised (I doubt anybody who works in the fire safety sector would be too surprised) by the results. Of those 120 doors, only 17 were compliant with the regulations. Many …