Just like other passive fire protection systems, it is essential for a fire door to perform as intended in the event of a fire. Any slight alteration to the door or its surroundings can affect its ability to restrict the spread of fire or smoke, which in turn could impact on the safe evacuation of a building’s occupants.
As with any similar life safety product, a fire door should be subject to periodic checks. These checks should be undertaken at least on a six-monthly basis to ensure the door functions correctly and will perform to its designed standard in the event of a fire. If a fire door is in high use, it should be checked more frequently than other doors in the building, e.g., weekly/monthly (depending on level of use). Regular inspections should be carried out by a suitably trained, competent person as this will ensure the identification of any defects to the fire door that need to be addressed through maintenance will be reported.
The components of a fire door that are inspected are the door leaf and frame, glazing, intumescent fire, and cold smoke seals, closing and opening devices, all ironmongery and signage.
Through our specialist contractor we can provide you with inspection and repair of your fire doors to assist you with compliance of Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, where it is a legal requirement to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and adequately maintained for them to be fit for purpose.