Sep 26, 2019

Fire Door Safety Week 2019: Don’t take the risk with cheaper alternatives when it comes to door closers!

Fire Door Safety is a hot topic at the moment and rightly so. Anyone accountable for the safety of a building’s occupants, from specifying to the maintenance of the building, has a responsibility to keep them safe in the event of a fire, and ensure that the products used are fit for purpose.

It may be tempting to opt for products that hold a cheaper price ticket, but picking products that are certified, more durable and proven to last longer will save money in the long run. Cheap products are cheap for a reason, and they often have a poorer performance over quality engineered hardware, resulting in shorter lifecycles.

Door closers are an important factor in the control of fire and smoke any domestic or commercial property. The importance of selecting the right door closer should not be underestimated as they can help save lives. Legislation and standards are forever evolving, and from July 2013 it became a legal requirement for all products which are covered by an EN standard to be CE marked. For closing devices, the EN 1154 and EN 1155 became harmonised standards across Europe and are now the standards required in order to attain CE Marking.

For some building users a self-closing fire door can be seen as a hindrance but fitting the right door closer will aid access and egress, allowing the free flow of people movement into and around the building. The Equality Act – disability legislation aimed at providing universal accessibility of buildings, requires service providers to make “reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their premises to overcome barriers to access”. For further guidance on the recommended maximum opening forces for door controls to assist less able users, refer to Approved Document M (ADM) and BS 8300 guidelines.

Satisfying all performance requirements can be a challenge and yet it is vitally important that the correct choices are made and that the right products are fitted in the right situations.

Briton 2003V door closer – Tried & trusted, with adjustable & fixed strength power sizes.

Since its launch the Briton 2003V has set new standards in performance, reliability and durability which many have tried to copy.  With its heat treated rack and pinion mechanism, the 2003V offers strength where you need it most while the mechanism itself is safety valve protected to prolong the life of the closer.

Rigorously tested against exacting standards for reliability and durability, the closer promises performance, yet is often switched out for a cheaper alternative when retrofitting. Where lives are at risk, don’t compromise on the door hardware that could make all the difference – make sure you fit a genuine Briton closer.

The Briton 2003V can be used on doors up to 80kg and 1100mm wide, making it suitable for most fire rated and non-fire rated doors. Its adjustable power also provides the flexibility to ‘fine tune’ the closing power to satisfy regulations and fire requirements.

Quick and easy to install with the self-adhesive template and easy to follow installation instructions provided, an accurate installation is guaranteed, ensuring your Briton closer will function efficiently when it matters – and continue to function efficiently for years to come.

You can find  our full Fire Door Safety range here in addition to a great range of Fire Safety products.

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