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15th May 2013 Issue no. 168
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New Fire Door Inspection Scheme to provide crucial knowledge and certification
IronmongeryDirect, the UK's largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has welcomed news of Europe's first Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) which is being developed as a joint initiative between the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme. The scheme aims to educate and certify inspectors to check and verify the condition and legality of fire doors.
The FDIS online learning platform recently went live, containing seven web-based education modules. A final examination can be taken and successful candidates will be awarded the Diploma in Fire Doors and be entitled to use the designation DipFD after their name.
Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, Wayne Lysaght-Mason commented: "Fire door assembly comprises of various essential components, this is where problems can potentially arise. Correct installation and regular maintenance are essential for fire and escape doors to perform in an event of a fire. This scheme will not only provide essential knowledge of a fire door's crucial function, it will also empower those being trained."
Gary Amer, Chief Executive of the GAI and spokesperson for FDIS, said:"We already know there is strong demand for this qualification. The FDIS online education programme is available to anyone who wishes to have a greater knowledge of fire doors and a qualification to prove it.
"Not only does it allow someone to demonstrate that they are an acknowledged professional with recognised expertise in fire doors, but it is also the first step towards becoming an FDIS Certificated Inspector able to offer fire door inspection services to building owners and landlords affected by the UK's stringent fire safety regulations."
It is a requirement for the correct door hardware to be installed to allow occupants of a building to make their escape safely and prevent the spread of smoke and fire. If hinges collapse or loosen or a door closer weakens, it's unlikely that the door will maintain its essential self-closing function in the event of a fire. Building hardware that fails to perform properly when required could result in fatal consequences.
IronmongeryDirect has GAI (Guild of Architectural Ironmongers) trained staff who can advise customers on the right products for their project needs.
IronmongeryDirect's latest catalogue features the UK's biggest range of certified fire door products including door controls, hinges, locks, fire & safety signs and vision panels, kept in stock ready for delivery next day, as standard.
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