Fire Door Safety - Our Guide
When it comes to fire safety for your business, Protest are experts in all areas. We deliver commercial fire safety services nationwide, and our comprehensive service includes the supply, installation and maintenance of a variety of fire safety services.
Protest are BM TRADA certified to carry out Fire Door Installation as well as Maintenance. This means that all Protest ES Ltd fire door installations are in turn BM TRADA certified (and therefore up to Q Mark standards). This covers all Fire Doors, additional materials used, and the processes when installed.
Fire doors and all passive fire protection products play a unique role in fire safety by containing a fire to a single compartment of a building and therefore reducing the risk to those in other compartments.
Properly maintained fire doors should be part of the fire safety plan for every building.
To the right you can see the main features of a Fire Door, and how to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose.
5 step fire door checklist
Here are five areas to check when investigating fire doors:
Certification – Fire doors should be third-party certified by an independent testing body, such as the BRE or UL. This should cover the overall doorset, such as the ironmongery, door hardware and door furniture which all make up the doorset and help ensure it functions properly.
Gaps – The gaps around the top and sides of the door should be consistently less than 4mm when the door is closed – ideally light should not be seen under the door. This is to prevent smoke or fire from travelling through the tracks.
Seals – Intumescent seals or strips, which are designed to expand when a certain level of heat is sensed, help close off the remaining gaps of the door in case of a fire and a crucial mechanism in fire doors.
Hinges – All hinges should be firmly fixed and that there are no missing or broken screws. Only trained installers/inspectors should carry out maintenance work on fire door hardware.
Closures – Fire doors should always be fully closed and not wedged open. In the 2022 Bronx apartment fire, multiple self-closing doors did not close properly, and deadly smoke escaped the apartment and rapidly filled the building’s 19 stories.
Would you like to know more about how Protest ES Ltd can help protect your business, staff, and visitors, thus keeping you safe and legally compliant with the latest regulations?
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