Fire safety advice unchanged after issue identified with fire door

Posted on Friday 16th March 2018

Following recent news of issues relating to a fire door installed at Grenfell Tower and after taking independent expert advice, the government is undertaking further investigations to establish the full circumstances. 

Initial inspections indicate the door is believed to have been designed to resist fire for up to 30 minutes – as required by building regulations guidance. When tested by the Metropolitan Police, however, it failed after approximately 15 minutes. 

Current investigations are focused on doors produced by a single manufacturer and the company is no longer trading. 

While there is no evidence at this stage to suggest this is a widespread problem, the government is clear that this issue needs to be properly investigated. 

The risk to public safety remains low and there is currently nothing to suggest this is an issue in THH properties. We will however monitor developments. In the event of a fire, people should continue to follow the existing fire procedures for their property. 

To properly understand what has happened, the government has: 

  • consulted its Independent Expert Panel
  • sought technical expertise from the National Fire Chiefs Council, technical experts from industry and the government’s Chief Scientific Advisers
  • conducted additional testing and visual inspections of fire doors from the same batch of doors installed at Grenfell and a sample of other doors
  • commissioned additional testing as part of its investigation. 

Further investigations will involve: 

  • subjecting additional fire doors from the same batch and others to BS476-22 fire resistance tests
  • methodical deconstruction and comprehensive visual inspections of a series of doors
  • analysis of materials used in the manufacture of this batch of fire doors
  • investigation of the manufacturer’s supply records. 

Given the technical nature of fire door testing, further investigations will take some time. However, government has committed to providing an update at the end of April.

Posted on Friday 16th March 2018