MYTH Standard doors can be made into fire doors by fitting larger doorstops to the existing frame.
TRUTH Additional doorstops do not turn a standard door into a fire door. A fire door requires all items to meet the specification stated on the fire door certificate.
MYTH Painting a door with fire retardant paint makes it a fire door.
TRUTH BWF Certifire would not recognise this as a fire door. A fire door is made up of many compatible and fire tested materials and components, all listed on the fire door certificate. A lick of paint will not turn a standard door into a fire door.
MYTH Any lock can be fitted onto a fire door because it’s made of metal, and metal doesn’t burn in a fire.
TRUTH You can only fit a fire tested and compatible lock as listed on the fire door certificate as excessive removal of material from the door leaf can impact performance in a fire. Metal gets hot in a fire, so don’t forget the intumescent protection if needed.
MYTH If a fire door is too big, it can be cut down to fit.
TRUTH A fire door can only be trimmed by the amount permitted on the manufacturers fitting instructions and fire door certificate. Resizing doors outside of the limitations set on the fire door certificate invalidates certification.
For more Myth's and Truth's and general Fire Door information please click on the links below;
Fire Door Safety
Fire door Alliance