ASSA ABLOY door closers meet certification demands for uninsulated metal fire doors

ASSA ABLOY’s range of door closers is one of the few available on the market to satisfy the certification demands of uninsulated metal fire doors, the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware and Access Control Group has announced.

At the end of 2017, a number of UKAS-accredited authorities withdrew certification for almost all door closers used on uninsulated metal fire doors. While a number of these certifications have since been reinstated, they typically only cover the use of door closers on the side of the fire door that’s deemed most at risk. In many instances, it can be difficult to determine which side of the fire door this is.

With ASSA ABLOY’s DC200, DC300, DC500 and DC700 door closers, this is no longer an issue for building owners. Following stringent testing, all of these door closer ranges meet the certification requirements for uninsulated metal fire doors, whether fitted on the exposed (fire) or unexposed (fire safe) side of the door.

ASSA ABLOY’s door closer range is suitable for up to four-hour ratings, eliminating any concerns around whether the door closers meet fire safety regulations for uninsulated metal fire doors.

David Hindle, head of door closer sales at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK and Ireland, said: “Once again, ASSA ABLOY is leading the way, ensuring that its door closers don’t compromise fire safety regulations. The ASSA ABLOY DC200, DC300, DC500 and DC700 units are not only accredited, but also use the same mounting position, so installers and building owners can be confident that there are no caveats or risks when it comes to using these solutions with uninsulated metal fire doors. This is a claim that not many other manufacturers can make.”

Hindle continued: “As a result, this range of ASSA ABLOY door closers can be specified with confidence, with installers and end users safe in the knowledge that the products will perform to the standards expected, while also being appropriately certified, for uninsulated metal fire doors. We believe it should be clear and easy to understand whether a door closer compromises fire safety regulation or not. With ASSA ABLOY’s door closer range, there is no confusion whatsoever.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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