Why Fire Doors Are Essential for Building Safety
Fire doors in corridors and stairwells are essential for stopping fires from spreading within a building, and an essential part of maintaining the integrity of the fire compartments within the building. When maintained regularly and to a compliant standard, fire doors also are key to keeping fire within one area, giving the fire service time to attend and extinguish a fire, should one occur.
In response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the government introduced various reforms to overhaul fire safety in the UK, especially in high-rise buildings. Some of the latest regulations of fire door compliance can be found in:
We are fully accredited, third-party inspectors for both fire doors & fire stopping compartmentation surveys. Specialised in delivering intrusive or non-intrusive inspections in occupied buildings, provides our clients with all the information needed to make informed decisions on how to maintain remediation and repair solutions ensuring there fire doors keep to there original intended condition.
During a fire door inspection our technicians inspect each component of the fire door assembly including:
- Door leaf
- Door frame
- Door closer (self-closing devices)
- Intumescent door strip and cold smoke seals
- Glazing (vision panels)
- Locks and levers/handles
- Fire safety signage
- Hold open devices
- Gaps around the doors and threshold gaps
- Panic hardware devices for external final fire exit doors
Upon completion of fire door and final fire exit door inspections, a report is produced detailing the condition of each door and listing the areas of non-compliance, which in turn creates a register for future on-going inspections.