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NORFOLK FRAMES Firedoors Save Residents Lives At Derby Homes

Norfolk Frames Phoenix Firedoors, part of their City Collection of GRP Composite Doors for the social housing sector, are being praised for helping to save the lives of the occupants of a block of flats, including disabled residents, from a serious fire outside their homes in the early hours of the morning.

Melanie Allen of Derby Homes explains; ''This was a significant fire that started when a motorbike was set alight at one-thirty in the morning, in the entrance to a block of four flats. Firecrews were quickly on the scene after the alarm was raised. However, the Norfolk Frames residential firedoors were key to saving the residents from serious injury.'' She continues; ''The benefit of Derby Homes' policy of specifying a high quality of Composite Firedoor is clear for all to see. They have successfully minimised damage to our properties but most importantly everyone of our residents escaped without injury or harm and has praised the doors for saving their lives''.

Norfolk Frames Phoenix Composite Fire Door sets are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and are independently certified by UKAS accredited test laboratories using destructive testing in order to prove the door sets structural performance and material behaviour under severe fire conditions. The range of doors is offered with 30 minute and 60-minute fire ratings, and each door set is Q marked, offering assurance that it has demonstrated the required performance levels through independent accredited testing or appraisal, and that each doorset offers the same level of performance through an approved quality management system.

Richard Egle, Norfolk Frames Contracts Manager commented: ''We are very pleased that as expected, our firedoors performed in the manner in which they were designed to. With the legal responsibility now on Landlords to prove that they have undertaken their Duty-Of-Care with adequate Fire Risk reviews and implementation, it is very important that any firedoor is installed correctly by a qualified and approved contractor. On this occasion, residents commented that the firedoors kept the fire at bay so successfully that the doors were too hot to touch but had not warped or failed in any way. The speedy response of the Emergency Services in conjunction with Norfolk Frames Phoenix Firedoors has ensured that Derby Homes residents and property have all been protected from disastrous consequences.''

Norfolk Frames were awarded a three-year contract to supply GRP Composite Door Sets to Derby Homes rented housing stock of around 13500 dwellings commencing in April 2010. 

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