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Fire advice threat to merchants


BUILDERS'merchants who give advice on the use of fire doors could be leaving themselves open to legal action, the British Woodworking Federation has claimed.

Federation director Richard Lambert said that many merchants currently recommend fire door components but have not been trained to do so.

This could leave them facing court action in the event of fire, he claimed.

Mr Lambert revealed that a survey by the federation had shown that less than a third of merchants had received training on recommending the use of certain fire doors and products, although more than 80 per cent gave some advice.

He called for more merchants to take fire safety advice training to ensure they are protected.

He said: 'Builders and merchants should adopt a more conscientious approach to the supply, specification and installation of fire doors.'