Skills on Site – March 2013

Bob Vollmer, director of Bitcon Industries, warns that the selection of the correct fire door for the specific application receives too little attention. “There appears to be a surprising lack of awareness and understanding of the fire doors and how they operate.

This is not only the case in South Africa but was also the findings of several studies overseas,” he states.

Simply because a fire door looks heavy and sturdy does not mean that it will provide sufficient protection should a fire break out. “That is when a fire door must play its life-saving role.

  • As a high-technology, engineered safety device
  • Fitted with components that will all combine for the required and specified time to prevent the spread of fire.
  • The frames of fire door frames, for example, are vital components, acting as barriers to flames
  • Even the quality of hinges is important in the make-up of a reliable fire door.”

Bob Says there have been increased incidents reported in South Africa where a lack of understanding, often influenced by cost-cutting, have led to fire door failures which have proved costly and could gave had fatal consequences.

“You can’t base your selection of fire doors on costs – not when human lives are at stake. Think of immobile bed-ridden patients in a hospital, for example: their lives can depend on the efficiency of the fire doors installed.”