A series of short video interviews with fire door safety expert Hannah
Mansell have been launched to mark Fire Door Safety Week which runs this week
(23-29 September 2019).
The videos give
advice on each stage of the process to anyone buying or specifying fire doors,
including architects, contractors and clients.
interviews cover topics such as the role of fire doors in building and life
safety, the crucial difference between ‘doors’ and ‘doorsets’, the
manufacturing standards that customers should expect and the importance of the
fire door testing and certification regime. Hannah also gives tips on
installation and maintenance of fire doors, as well as her personal views on
innovation, the residents’ voice and the future of fire safety in the UK.
Hannah is Group
Technical Director at Masonite UK, one of the world’s leading door
manufacturers serving both the residential and architectural markets. She is
also chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s
“Fire safety is
never far from the headlines at the moment, and the role of fire doors in
protecting life and property keeps coming up as a major issue. Fire doors are a
critical safety device, engineered as a system to protect building users and
the emergency services too.
current official guidance on fire doors is still not as clear as it could be.
So I think it is incredibly important for specifiers, contractors and everyone
involved in building safety to build a close working relationship with their
fire door manufacturer, and to make the most of the technical expertise we can
Masonite earlier this year after five years as technical manager at the British
Woodworking Federation. She has had a major influence on technical and safety
policy throughout her 20-year career in the doors and joinery industry.
currently serves approximately 9,000 customers in 64 countries, and is
represented in the UK through the Premdor Crosby, Solidor, Door Stop International
and National Hickman brands.
an array of moulded, veneered and laminated fire
doors in a variety of
styles, colours and wood grain finishes. Fire doors are available in 30-minute
(Fireshield FD30) and 60-minute (Firemaster FD60) options. Premdor’s fire rated
doors and doorsets are compliant with all relevant British Standards and have
been tested in accordance with BS 476: Part 22.