The Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster in June 2017 was the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since the 1988 and the worst UK residential fire since the Second World War. Causing 72 deaths and another 70 people injured.
The cause of the rapid progress of the fire has been well publicised, attributed to the building’s cladding rapidly burning up the building’s exterior, bringing fire and smoke to all the residential floors, originating from apartment on the 4th floor by a malfunctioning fridge-freezer.
Firefighting equipment at the tower had not been checked for up to four years; on-site fire extinguishers had expired with some even having condemned written on them. So it’s easy to assume the worst when it comes to the state of the exit doors and fire doors onsite.
Years before the fire there were reports and warnings that people might be trapped in the building if a fire broke out, pointing out that the building had only one entrance and exit, and corridors had been allowed to fill with rubbish, such as old mattresses.
Disasters like this don’t only happen overseas, Australia has seen many similar events in the past like the Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in June 2000. Examples like Grenfell Tower and the Childers Backpackers fire enforce the need to have correctly fitted and maintained fire and exit doors on multi-level buildings, with locks and hardware designed to meet the required fire rating. Using a qualified Locksmith to repair/ replace the hardware on these doors is essential, it is our duty of care as a locksmith to only provide the correct hardware to keep our customers safe.
TopLock uses and recommends the Lockwood Selector Mortice locks range in any fire door/exit door application. Relatively new on the market these locks have proven to be durable and up to the task of protecting our clients. Successfully tested up to 4 hours on fire door assemblies in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1905.1- 2015, Part 1: Fire Resistant Doorsets. These locks offer greater flexibility with multiple functions possible to be set like Passage, Entrance Privacy and Storeroom modes to name a few.
We work on modern and also historic buildings. In the photos you will see how we fitted emergency exit compliant fittings to 100 year old church doors.
When it comes to Fire and Exit doors you should only trust a Locksmith to carry out any works, It’s not only a matter of doing a good job, it’s your safety! People have died from work not being done correctly on fire and exit doors. 20% of the people in the Grenfell Tower died from not being able to get out of the building. Get It done right the first time, use a Locksmith.
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