Fire Door Safety Week – Can you rely on your fire doors to save lives
We have all seen in the press recently just how crucial fire doors are to saving lives in the event of a fire. And sadly of course, the dire consequences if they fail. It is truly frightening to see how many doors are simply not up to the job.
Increasingly, there are fire doors which appear to be correct and yet in the in event of a fire would still fail. This is because of issues with their seals, gaps around the frame, missing screws on the hinges etc. If you are the person responsible for the fire safety systems in a building then you are liable to very significant fines, even potentially custodial sentences. Do you want to take that risk? Let alone the risk you are placing the occupants of the building? When was the last time you had a full fire risk assessment carried out on your premises?
Silver Group are proudly supporting this years #FireDoorSafetyWeek (24th September to 30th September 2018). As part of this we are offering all our clients with existing maintenance contracts, discounted rates for the detailed assessments by a qualified Fire Door Inspector. These inspections are much more comprehensive than those done by many other fire safety companies, covering absolutely every aspect of the door and the frame. So many times, inspections are carried out and crucial elements are missed. If the door still fails to meet the require standards this will result in additional expense for yourself. If you have another company carrying out these inspections, ask them whether they are correctly qualified to certify that assessment. Are they able to accurately confirm that the fire door is up to the correct legal standard? For details about taking advantage of our discounted offer during this time, contact our office today on 0800 083 0131.
Fire Doors – The Legal bit:
There is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for employers (and other Responsible Persons) to:
(a) Take such general fire precautions as will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of any of his employees: and
(b) in relation to relevant persons who are not they employees, take such general fire precautions as may reasonably be required in the circumstances of the case to ensure that the premises are safe.
Article 17 of The Order says they……must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order or, subject to paragraph (6), under any other enactment, including any enactment repealed or revoked by this Order, are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair and Article 18 of The Order says…..The responsible person must, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the preventive and protective measures.
Fire Doors and Escape doors are ‘equipment and devices’ and must be kept ‘in an efficient state etc’ (see above) therefore inspection must be part of the suitable maintenance regime. BS9999 and BS8214 recommend regular inspections of Fire Doors.
Checking your own Fire Doors
If you’re a resident in a building and are unsure whether your fire doors are correct, here’s a quick check guide for you. Its easy to remember – “Checking Fire Doors Helps Saves Lives" – Closes – Frame – Damage – Hinges – Seal – Label. Of course this is just a quick guide, if you are in any doubt you need to have the door correctly assessed by a qualified Fire Door Inspector.
For a more detailed look at the necessary requirements for a fire door to ensure complete effectiveness in the event of a fire, please view this video: