Door closer enhances fire safety in social housing

Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers tick all the right boxes when it comes to meeting the plethora of legislation, regulations and product performance standards that govern fire safety and accessibility. They also deliver a number of practical benefits that make them particularly well-suited to social housing applications.

Available in standard and Free Swing versions, the door closers carry the CE mark, assuring their suitability for use in fire door applications. They have also been tested and assessed by an independent laboratory, and proved to meet the requirements for one hour and half-hour fire doors under BS EN 1634-1. Added assurance is provided by Certifire accreditation.

Where accessibility is concerned, the standard version of Powermatic offers operating efficiencies that enable doors to comply with Approved Document M (Access to and Use of Buildings) of the Building Regulations, while Powermatic Free Swing enables the door to be operated normally, until the fire alarm is activated or there is a power cut.

In addition to impressive fire performance and accessibility credentials, Powermatic door closers are particularly well-suited to social housing situations thanks to the fact that they are totally concealed when the door is closed and have few working parts on show when the door is open. This significantly reduces the risk of the door closer being damaged through vandalism or tampering. A damaged door closer could render the door useless and pose real risks to life in the case of a fire.

Reduced risk of damage also means less maintenance call-outs and enhanced reliability, while total concealment can help to create a less institutionalised, more homely environment.

Powermatic offers social landlords a host of benefits in performance and application that make it ideal for a wide variety of fire door applications.