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INTERIORS


Poor product reliability or the practice of wedging fire doors open can lead to devastating consequences


open, thereby reducing the likelihood of damage through vandalism.


Keep it shut


Despite numerous notices, best practice guides and individual instructions, wedging fire doors open remains common practice, so measures should be taken in order to ensure all doors are in working order at all times. One solution to this is either to specify hold-open devices or to use free- swing door closers, which allow the door to operate manually until the door closer is activated via the building’s fire alarm system.


Another element of safety and risk reduction that is probably not given special consideration beyond specialist facilities, is the risk of a door closer being used as a point of ligature. While this may be a sensitive and uncomfortable subject, the risk should be recognised, perhaps particularly in educational learning and


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accommodation facilities. Full anti-ligature measures would be excessive in most scenarios and it would be enough to instead specify certain types of concealed door closers that can offer a useful alternative to their surface-mounted counterparts.


Aesthetic appeal


Great looking interiors are not the sole preserve of the designer who wishes to create places unencumbered by unattractive mechanical devices. Many health and care professionals recognise the contribution that more homely, less institutionalised interiors can make towards the well-being and recovery of mental health patients or those in other care facilities. Surface- mounted door closers can create interiors with a functional ambience whereas a totally concealed door closer can help foster a more therapeutic and comfortable environment. Ultimately, the choice of the right type of door closers for any application lies in the product’s compliance with relevant performance fire safety and accessibility requirements. Once this criteria has been satisfied, other factors, which can enhance the interior aesthetics as well as the safety, comfort and well-being of the building users, should be taken into consideration.


ADF MAY 2017


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