Fire doors are a crucial means of passive fire protection. The doors aid evacuation of the building but also delay the spread of the fire by compartmentalising the building.
But they are only effective if all the components of the door are correct. It is important to ensure that regular fire door inspections are carried out. In fact, they are part of the fire safety strategy for a building and necessary UK legislation. See the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 and BS9999
Silver Group are fully certified to carry out complete assessment of your fire doors. We recommend these are carried at least twice annually and in some cases more often for residential buildings and schools.
When Silver Group carry out the inspections on your fire rated doors, we assess all elements of the doorway and advise accordingly. Just part of that inspection includes the following:
> Any signs of damage to the door leaf and its frame, with an even gap of approximately 3-4mm.
> Hinges fitted correctly and securely, ensuring no screws missing.
> Glass panels held securing by the glazing beading.
> Checking the correct certification are present on the fire doors.
> Are the doors clearly labelled with fire doors signage.
> Ensuring the intumescent seals are correct and not broken or damaged?
As part of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it was found that the fire doors were not as effective as they should have been.
One door was tested and though marketed as meeting the 30 minute resistance standard, it failed after just 15. Prompted by this, tests were carried out on other fire doors and it was found that several also failed this test. Also, the government have insisted that doors are tested on their fire and smoke resistance to both sides and not just one. If you are in any doubt about your fire doors, talk to us at Silver Group today. Tel: 01582 412000
Where necessary will you a comprehensive understanding of any required works. We can carry out your inspections during our regular fire safety service visits. For example whilst servicing the fire alarm, extinguishers, emergency lighting and/or security systems.
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How many times do you see fire doors propped open by a door stop, may be a chair or worse, a fire extinguisher? Or equally a fire door is blocked or locked closed?
The fire door must be able be free to allow easy, unhindered evacuation in the event of a fire. Therefore the mechanism free and lubricated well (as per the manufacturers recommendations). But in the event of the fire it, must close freely and with the intumescent seal preventing smoke and fire passing. (Though this will depend on the application required by the fire door.)
If a fire door does need to be held open, there are correct methods to hold them open. Magnetic door holders or “dorguards” can be fitted by Silver Group. These hold the door open but automatically close (without human interaction) in the event of a fire.
The intumescent door strip is fitted all around the door edges along the sides and top. When cold they will not interfere with the door opening and closing. However, if heat is applied, they expand creating a seal between the door and frame preventing smoke from passing through.
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