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25 July 2017
Fireco is starting a campaign to kick the wedge!
Fire doors are provided to protect the safety of building occupants. In the event of a fire, they stop smoke spreading into corridors and stairs — provided they are shut. This gives people a protected route out of the building, and they protect the building and its contents.
When fire doors are wedged open, they aren’t able to to do their job properly, and this puts people’s lives at risk.
Despite the dangers of wedging open fire doors, people still do it. Closed doors are a nuisance. They get in the way, hinder access and are heavy and difficult to open.
However leaving fire doors wedged open disregards the safety of others. It is also against the law. The only safe way for fire doors to be held open is with special devices, such as Dorgard, that close them automatically on the sound of the alarm.
We’re kickstarting our kick the wedge campaign! Send us your images of badly wedged or propped open fire doors. Tweet us @Fireco using #kickthewedge or email us [email protected] using the subject line ‘Kick the wedge’.
Visit our website for more information: www.fireco.uk
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