Stay safe and secure with BM TRADA at Timber Expo

Posted on 15/08/2014

Fire safety and security will form part of an extensive demonstration programme by BM TRADA at Timber Expo in the NEC, Birmingham, 7- 8 October. In addition to showcasing their  timber expertise, they will be providing expert guidance on timber fire door testing and timber window security and burglary resistance testing.
BM TRADA’s 90m2 stand (F30), will include a range of topical seminars, displays and demonstrations from all sectors of its business, highlighting the broad range of expertise and services on offer. BM TRADA technical experts will be on hand to offer advice on subjects from the testing of timber and fire-rated products to certification schemes for doors, windows and timber products.

The highlight will be a live demonstration at 10.30am each morning of a security test on a high performance timber window. The demonstration, conducted using a specially-made rig and using windows supplied by  Bereco and Russell Timber Technology, will illustrate the typical tests required for Secured by Design (SBD) windows. These must be certified by an independent UKAS-accredited certification body, such as BM TRADA  and tested against PAS 24 and the relevant material specific standard for general performance (which will reference  BS 6375 Parts  1, 2 and 3).

Three tests will be conducted during the live demonstration, each simulating a typical form of burglar attack. The manual check test involves subjecting the window to a 15 minute attack using a range of tools including either two nail bars; two flat bladed screwdrivers; or one nailbar and one screwdriver. The manual glazing/infill test is a 3 minute attack on the glazing or infill system, the objective of which is to try and remove the infill without breaking the glass.

Finally, the manipulation test aims to try and gain access to screw heads in the hardware. The test normally involves a 3 minute attack on a hinge or hinge protector and 3 minute attack on a lock point, using paint scrapers, craft knives or small flat-bladed screwdrivers. A craft knife is usually used to cut at a hardware point and, if a screw is exposed, a screwdriver will be used to try to unscrew it.

Meanwhile, the effectiveness of correctly specified and installed fire doors will be displayed in dramatic fashion by a charred fire door sample encased in Perspex. One side of the door is burnt, while the other side is virtually unaffected by the fire. In addition to this striking display, BM TRADA Product Assessor Simon Bailey will be discussing fire safety challenges and solutions for historic buildings at 1.30pm on Tuesday 7 October.

A full programme of demonstrations and seminars will take place on the BM TRADA stand (F30) throughout the show. With no need to book, visitors need only register for the show at
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Fire safety and security will form part of an extensive demonstration programme by BM TRADA at Timber Expo in the NEC, Birmingham, 7- 8 October.