Section: Fire Precautions

Councils find tens of thousands of faulty fire doors as Grenfell exposes 'decades of neglect'

Posted 14.06.18
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The Grenfell fire has exposed "decades of neglect" in public housing as councils scramble to replace tens of thousands of faulty fire doors.

Local authorities face huge bills to upgrade inadequate and badly-fitted doors, with one fire safety expert saying at least one million need replacing in the long-term.

Another said 70% of the doors inspected are not fit for purpose and accused authorities of only seriously acting on the issue in the wake of the west London disaster.

While much of the focus since the blaze has been on cladding, the Grenfell Inquiry last week revealed the spread of the fire was partly due to more than 100 fire doors which did not meet building regulations.

Government tests on the same doors used in Grenfell, made by a company called Manse Masterdor, which ceased trading in 2014, revealed they withstood fire for just 15 minutes, half the amount of time they were supposed to.


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Reporting on June 2018

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