Care home owners and operators in England and Wales are being made aware of recent court rulings calling for self-closing bedroom fire doors in care homes.

In a recent determination (FLSP 4/6/4) a particular care home argued it could compensate for the absence of self-closers on it’s bedroom fire doors through staff management arrangements. however, the Secretary of State rejected this, ruling that the use of self-closing devices, plus hold-open devices linked to the fire detection system, was the most appropriate solution, particularly to prevent wedging open doors to residents’ rooms.