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Malfunctioning Fire Doors Invite Disaster
9 July 2019



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Malfunctioning fire doors invite disaster


Malfunctioning fire doors shown in the photo above, taken on 9 July 2019, invite disaster.

It's a foreseeable event, because fire is far more common than you believe, its not a rare event.

When a fire does occur, smoke will spread rapidily across the building, open staircase fire doors do not protect your escape path, the means of escape (MOE) will be filled with toxic smoke potentially trapping occupants in the floors above.

Any damage to the fire door, or smoke seal if fitted, is equally problematical compromising the compartment.

It's a vital part of a building's fire safety strategy and too often overlooked.

About the Author

John Herbert is a veteran engineer with more than 30 years engineering experience, educated in the United Kingdom he has worked across Asia for more than two decades engaged by international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA) and BEAM Professional.



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