FIRE DOOR USAGE
In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire door maintenance is a key requirement for every business and establishment to which the order applies.
In the event of a fire, when used as part of the passive fire protection of the building, a well maintained and fully operational fire door will help prevent the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and enable occupants to escape safely from the building.
A key contributor towards a safe work environment, fire doors can be used to separate escape routes from hazards aiding in the emergency evacuation process, by providing valuable time for escape.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE A FIRE DOOR INSPECTION?
In order for fire doors to perform effectively in the event of a fire, regular inspections should be undertaken to ensure their structural integrity and functionality. Six-monthly inspections are recommended by BS 9999 in addition to the monthly inspection checks outlined within the government guidance documentation.
WHAT IS COVERED DURING A FIRE DOOR INSPECTION?
Fire door inspections consist of extensive checks of each individual fire door component. Inspections should be completed by a certified fire safety technician who is able to carefully assess each of the key components for faults, damage or wear.
Staines Safety Services visual fire door inspections begin by focusing on the door’s structural integrity, assessing the door leaf, door frame, self-closer, door hinges, door selector, locks and handles, panic hardware, apertures and glazing. The visual inspection also inspects passive protection features surrounding the door such as intumescent door strips and cold smoke seals. The gaps between the door and frame and the threshold gaps are measured. In addition, fire safety signage is checked for clarity and compliance, in line with current regulations.