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31.05.2016

Smart Specification for complete security

All Allegion products are designed to require as little routine maintenance as possible, but the working life of these products is significantly reduced should standard maintenance procedures not be carried out. This is especially prevalent in buildings where doors are subject to high levels of use.

Recently, a fire door in a hospital that was fitted with a self-closing device shut on an elderly patient causing injury and, unfortunately, contributing to that patient’s death.

This tragedy has prompted a warning from The Department of Health encouraging facilities and estate mangers, as well as others responsible for public-sector building safety, to assess their door closing devices regularly.

Electromagnetic hold-open door closing devices, such as the one in the hospital, have an adjustable closing speed that enables the door to stay open for a longer time. This allows persons who are disabled, the elderly and young children extra time to pass through safely. The closing speed should always be dictated by the occupancy of the building and its users.

In the aforementioned case, the electromagnetic door closer was linked to the building’s fire alarm system.  The alarm was activated due to a power failure and the closer reengaged closing door. As the closing speed was set incorrectly, it didn’t allow the patient enough time to pass through the opening. To avoid such tragedies, adjustments can be made to lengthen the closing time to the higher end of the tolerance.

Not only is it important that a door closer is set at the right closing speed, but also that it is looked after and regularly maintained. Problems with door closers can usually be attributed to errors in installation or due to lack of maintenance, rather than malfunction with the closer itself.

European standards recommend that routine maintenance should be carried out at designated intervals. All door closers and closing speeds should be checked on a weekly basis, particularly those that feature an electromagnetic hold-open device.

When door controls are installed as part of a fire precaution system, the product should be checked in accordance with periodic fire testing procedures.

Maintenance checks

All Allegion products are designed to require as little routine maintenance as possible, but the working life of these products is significantly reduced should standard maintenance procedures not be carried out. This is especially prevalent in buildings where doors are subject to high levels of use.

Regular maintenance is not just a cosmetic consideration. The safety and security of the building, as well as its users, could be jeopardised if doors are not operating effectively or correctly.

The following are some simple checks Allegion recommends maintenance staff perform to help ensure door hardware is working effectively. You can find out more by downloading our maintenance brochure.

  1. Visual check

Check that there is no visible wear or damage to the product, door or door frame.

  1. Functional check

Ensure the product operates correctly, with no force required. The door needs to close entirely in the frame from the fully open position. Check that any seals don’t hinder the correct operation of the door. Also check the closing speed on doors to ensure they are appropriate for the people who use the building.

  1. Fixings

Fixings on the product should be tightened when necessary. Make sure that no fixings prevent the door from swinging easily.

  1. Lubrication

Some door closers require light lubrication from time to time, using a light machine oil.

  1. Cleaning

In some buildings, door hardware may gather a build-up of grease or dust and should be removed to prevent corrosion.

It’s important to also note that all door hardware, including hinges, lockcases and cylinders, need to be checked regularly. Performing regular and appropriate maintenance will ensure that doors are kept in good working order – and the safety of buildings and the people in them is to the highest possible standard.

 

 

Contact:

For more information please contact:

 

Ricco Leung : ricco@jaskcreative.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 121 708 2466 

 

Clare Vandaele : clare.vandaele@allegion.com

T: +44 (0) 1922 707400