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Fire door testing returns good results for timber doors

07 March 2019

Within the ongoing Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) fire door investigation, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) reports that timber doors have shown good results.

The BWF stated its belief that the only way to address the legacy of neglect relating to fire doors is by "rigorous product testing and third-party certification".

It said the MHCLG investigation has provided further support for this view, showing that timber fire doors "deliver on their performance promises".

According to the BWF, many of its members' products tested by the government-commissioned fire-resistant tests have shown "exceptional protection" levels.

This includes results for fire doors marketed to provide at least 30 minutes of performance resisting fire for up to 54 minutes.

The BWF said that this is "in direct contrast to the glass reinforced foam filled fire doors recovered from the Grenfell Tower that started the MHCLG investigation into the fire door sector".

No timber doors have failed tests since the investigation was extended to cover the wider market in October last year, said the federation.

"Through the BWF's Fire Door Alliance, we work to improve the quality, safety and traceability of fire doors," the BWF continued.

"We often see non-certified fire doors that are not fit for purpose which is alarming and unacceptable as they simply won't fulfil their essential role of preventing the spread of fire and smoke and keeping escape routes clear."

The BWF stated its support of the government's Building a Safer Future plan, including the introduction of more effective regulations, greater accountability, supported by clear standards and guidance to create a more responsible building sector.

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