Judging from the photos, these doors may not have been code-compliant, but they were still able to hinder the spread of smoke and fire, at least to some extent.  That does not mean that any old non-compliant door will be fine so we might as well stop worrying about them…one of the biggest issues with fire doors is finding them propped open with a wedge or a more creative device.  If the doors are open, they’re worthless.

These photos are posted with permission from David Townsend:

These photos are posted with permission from a firefighter in Edinburgh, Scotland, Flickr name: Jamie.184:

If you like photos of doors that have helped protect buildings and building occupants, leave a comment and let me know!  I have more!  🙂

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