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June 23, 2009

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Guidance – fire safety- Matter of minutes

In the past, says the BWF, doors were designed to be accepted as an FD30 if installed with seals, and as an FD20 if installed without seals. However, in developing the BWF-Certifire Scheme, fire-door manufacturers noted that to meet an FD20 rating without intumescent seals the doors needed to be fitted very accurately into their frames, with minimal margin for error. As a result, Scheme members agreed to only sell FD30 fire doors, because they met both FD20 and FD30 applications without running this risk.BWF chief executive, Richard Lambert, said: “At a time when cost saving is a major objective for builders and developers we want to drive home the message that this practice could result in a much higher cost, in terms of lives and property.”The Fact Card is available at

Fire Safety in 2023 eBook

SHP's sister site, IFSEC Insider has released its annual Fire Safety Report for 2023, keeping you up to date with the biggest news and prosecution stories from around the industry.

Chapters include important updates such as the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 and an overview of the new British Standard for the digital management of fire safety information.

Plus, explore the growing risks of lithium-ion battery fires and hear from experts in disability evacuation and social housing.

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