Does your fire door meet current building regulations?
Fire doors protect buildings and their inhabitants from the spread of fire. They’re sometimes described as passive fire protection.
How do fire doors work? A fire door creates a compartment within a building. Each building will have several compartments linked by fire doors. If your fire doors are correctly fire rated and assembled (as described above), they can withhold fire and smoke breaches for a specified period of time, allowing inhabitants to await rescue. If your building has a ‘stay put’ policy, a fire door is an essential piece of kit. But it will only be effective if all the components of the door are in good working order. Fire door inspections are there to keep you safe and legally compliant.
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Fire Door Inspection Enquiry
Is it a legal duty to carry out a fire door inspection?
Yes. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that you must have regular inspections. Where an inspection uncovers a fault or disrepair, you must then take steps to upgrade your fire door.
How often are fire door inspections needed?
As with most things fire safety related, the answer is ‘as regularly as your individual circumstances dictate’. Building usage and layouts vary, so it’s impossible to create a standard set of rules for everyone.
BS9999 recommends twice-yearly inspections as a minimum. For buildings with high footfall such as schools and hospitals, more regular inspections are advisable. Your fire risk assessor (or we) can help you with this.
What’s important is that you maintain regular inspections. Letting them lapse is not only potentially dangerous, it’s foolhardy. If a fire were to break out and your fire doors failed to perform, you’d be personally liable.
What checks do we make during an inspection?
We are fully certified to carry out a complete assessment of your fire doors. When we visit, we assess all elements of the door and doorway (on both sides), including:
- Checks for any sign of damage to the door leaf and door frame
- Is all hardware fitted correctly and securely with no screws missing?
- Are all glass panels held securely with beading?
- Is the correct certification present on the fire doors?
- Are all intumescent seals correctly fitted and not broken or damaged?
A fire door must be fitted with intumescent seals to provide resistance to the flow of fire. These seals expand in the heat of a fire to close the gap between the door and its frame while still allowing it to be opened and closed by people evacuating. Smoke travels far more quickly than flames, so fire doors should also be fitted with ‘cold smoke’ seals to prevent the ingress of smoke.
Following our visit, we’ll issue a report with details of the condition of each fire door. You can use this to arrange repairs or door replacements, as needed. Always keep a copy of these reports on file as they help to demonstrate your legal compliance.
Are your fire doors always closed?
How many times do you see fire doors propped open with boxes or a chair? Or worse, a fire extinguisher…? Perhaps a fire door in your building is blocked by chairs and tables which someone forgot to move.
We can’t stress enough how much you could regret this carelessness if fire broke out on your premises. Without the protection of a fire door, inhabitants could easily be trapped and killed by smoke within just a few minutes.
Fire doors must be free to allow easy, unhindered evacuation. All mechanisms must be well lubricated and fully operational during a fire.
That’s not to say you can’t ever hold a fire door open, but if you do, it must be done using an approved magnetic door holder. The door stays open but in the event of fire they also automatically close.
Don’t assume you’re safe without an inspection by an expert
As part of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it was found that fire doors were not as effective as they should have been. Doors which had been marketed as meeting the 30-minute resistance standard failed after just 15.
If you’re in any doubt about your fire doors, talk to us today.
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