Fire doors: Why you must never wedge them open

21 Oct 2020
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Never wedge a fire door open. They must be kept closed at all times to do the job they’re designed for. Your fire door will provide a minimum of 30 minutes’ protection from smoke and flames in a fire, but only if it’s closed.

When it’s installed, cared for, and used properly, a fire door will save your life. The installation and care is our job, but we need your help to make sure doors are used properly.

How to use a fire door properly

Keep it closed at all times. It’s that simple.

A fire door is a safety device. The door itself, the frame, hinges, lock, seals - they all work together to form a protective barrier against fire and smoke.

If you wedge a fire door open, you make it useless and you put your life and the lives of others in danger.

How to tell if a door is a fire door

Fire doors in common areas of your flat and home are clearly marked with a blue fire door sign - they must be there by law.

Your room door is a fire door too, but it might not have the blue sign.

If you’re unsure and you’d like to know, just ask your reception team.

Report any fire door problems to us

If you see a wedged-open fire door, close it. If you see a faulty fire door, please tell your reception team straightaway.

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Staff writer at The Common Room