Why Fire Door Maintenance is critical
Fire doors are among the most vital safety measures in an enclosed space. They are often the difference between life and death in the event of a fire breakout. That alone is reason enough why they should be inspected and maintained periodically.
What is a fire door?
A fire door is a door with a fire-resistance rating used as part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and to enable safe egress from a building.
How often should fire doors be checked?
Because of their importance in protecting lives, it is imperative that fire doors receive regular inspections – frequency is likely to depend on many factors, including the age and condition of the door, though the British Woodworking Federation, which runs the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign, says that periodic checks should be carried out every six months as a minimum.
Who can install and inspect a fire door?
If you own a commercial or non-domestic property, there are strict regulations and guidelines to follow, ensuring the doors can withstand certain heats. Fire doors should always be fitted correctly by a competent installer, as they’re a carefully engineered fire safety device. It is also imperative that reputable and trained fire door inspectors, such as those approved by schemes like FDIS, carry out fire door inspections and trained installers fit them to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Fire doors must be able to...
Cope with the heat of a fire, the core of the fire safety door should be solid and rated as at least FD30, meaning it will stand 30 minutes of targeted fire. The frame or lining should match the certification of your fire safety door and should be fitted with intumescent strips, which expand when heat is detected, filling gaps between the frame and door. Accessories like hinges, locks and latches should also all comply with fire regulations and must be fitted with intumescent paper.
Fire door facts and figures
Over 3 million fire doors are sold in the UK every year
Fire doors must be tested and third-party certificated to BS 476 Part 22 or BS EN 1634 Part 1
Since October 2006, it is the responsible person’s duty to carry out fire risk assessments. The fire service does not carry out fire risk assessments of commercial or industrial premises.
Simply having a fire risk assessment does not make you fully compliant. It just acts as a method to identify and quantify risk.
All non-domestic premises must adhere to the Fire Safety Order 2005 regardless of whether they have had a visit from a Fire Officer or not. By not adhering to this you and your organisation are risking prosecution or a hefty fine
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