What is a fire door?

A fire door restricts the passage of toxic smoke and fire through buildings, commonly fitted to escape routes such as corridors and entrances and exits, they help prevent a fire from spreading, keep it contained and save lives. They are also a legal requirement in all non-domestic commercial and public buildings, as well as residential flats and multi occupancy homes.

Modern fire doors can quickly be identified by their self-closing mechanism, typically an overhead door closer, and a small blue ‘fire door keep shut’ or ‘fire door keep locked’ sign on both sides of the door. Fire doors are commonly mixed up with emergency exit doors, these are used for quick egress in an emergency and are generally installed at building perimiters and are therefore not necessarily fire rated.


What fire testing has Codelocks’ locks undergone?

Codelocks has tested the Mechanical, and Electronic mortice latch models in accordance with BS EN 1634-1, passing a 30 minute, and 60 minute timber door fire test when used with the Codelocks intumescent FireKit Pack. This means all Codelocks models* which use the standard tubular mortice latch can be fitted to 30 minute or 60 minute timber doorsets.

Fire Doors and their associated hardware including hinges, closers, latch, and handles must all be tested to BS EN 1634-1, a standard which guarantees that all the finished components fitted to a fire door will ensure the doors integrity for the required time and specifies a method for determining the fire resistance of a door. This test is conducted by fitting a fire door and all its components into a wall, then one side of the door is subjected to heat through fire and the door and hardware is then monitored throughout the test for any integrity failure.



What is a Codelocks FireKit?

For compliance, the chosen fire tested Codelock must be fitted with the Codelocks FireKit, this kit comprises pre-cut intumescent pads which when exposed to heat expand to fill gaps and prevent fire and smoke seeping through. This intumescent material is fitted onto the back of the strike plate and latch, inside the spindle hole recess and power cable hole (electronic locks only), graphite tubes provided are also inserted into the fixing holes prior to securing the lock to the door.

These FireKits are popular with many new installations however, there will be countless fire doors where locks have been fitted without the correct intumescent and are a potential hazard. Take the time this Fire Door Safety Week to check your fire doors are compliant, safe, and up to scratch with the 5-step fire door check below.

Download the Fire Test Report here



Fire Rated Locks



Keep Compliant with the Codelocks FireKit

  • Easy to fit
  • For new and existing installations
  • Pack contains shaped pads of intumescent strips and tubes
  • Tested in accordance with BS EN 1634-1
  • Can be installed to ensure compliance with 30 and 60 minute timber doorsets


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Fire Door Safety Week

Launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. The campaign is managed by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of partners, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.

It’s crucial to understand the factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended – product manufacture, quality, installation and maintenance all play a part. Their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use. Propping a fire door open means that they won’t perform as they should in the event of a fire.

Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and this is why the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign exists. 

Source:  firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk



5 Step Fire Door Check

Suspect the building you’re living in, working in or visiting has a faulty fire door? Don’t walk by. Report it to whoever manages or owns the building. You could save a life that day.




Concerned? Report it!

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DISCLAIMER: The 5 Step Fire Door Check and Fire Door Safety Week is the brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation, supported by the BWF Fire Door Alliance. It is an industry campaign that seeks to increase understanding of the critical role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. © Firedoor Safety Week

* Excluding the CL50 Mechanical Mortice Latch.

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