Fire Door Inspection

Fire door inspection and testing is a statutory legal requirement for businesses in the UK. Minimise risk and maximise fire safety by arranging your regular three to six month fire door checks with a Churches Fire & Security plan. Rest assured our visual inspections are always carried out by certified and trained technicians.

STOP THE SPREAD OF FIRE, CONTAIN SMOKE, AND PROTECT EVACUATION ROUTES WITH HIGH-QUALITY VISUAL FIRE DOOR INSPECTIONS FROM CHURCHES FIRE & SECURITY.

FIRE DOOR REGULATIONS

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.

VISUAL FIRE DOOR INSPECTIONS

Our fire door safety checklist

Our visual inspections are recorded against the simple Churches Fire ten-point checklist:

1. Are your fire doors certificated (label or plug)?

2. Are the gaps between the leaf and frame 3mm (+/- 1mm)?

3. Are the intumescent/cold smoke seals damaged or missing?

4. Are the hinges all firmly fixed with no screws missing?

5. Do all handles and panic hardware operate correctly?

6.  Are the doors able to close in a controlled manner and are they free from obstruction?

7. Do door selectors operate correctly?

8. Is the glass secure in the frame?

9. Do the doors display the correct signage and is it legible?

10. Have your doors been inspected by a trained industry professional?

Frequently asked questions: Fire Door Safety

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 visual 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.

Churches Fire & Security 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.

Who should carry out fire door inspections?

Fire door inspectors need to be an approved and qualified person in line with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) 2005. Rest assured, our visual inspections are always carried out by certified and trained technicians.

What are the benefits of a fire door?

Ultimately the benefit of implementing fire doors on your premises is fire protection – preventing the spread of fire and smoke within the building. Fire doors provide a means of escape during an emergency, enabling occupants to vacate safely. Their robust construction and fire-resistance offer protection and give people valuable time to exit the premises. Fire doors are built to withstand high temperatures and remain operational during a fire. Their sturdy construction ensures long-term reliability and performance, offering peace of mind to businesses and building occupants.

In addition to being a legal obligation, most (if not, all) insurance policies require businesses to have adequate fire safety measures in place – including fire doors.

FIRE DOOR SAFETY WEEK

Every year, the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF Fire Door Alliance and Fire Door Inspection Scheme highlight the vital importance of regular inspection with Fire Door Safety Week.

Objectives of the week are to raise awareness of the role of fire doors, educate the public on correct installation, operation and maintenance and to encourage people to report suspected damage or faults on any fire door they come across.

There are 5 things identified to check for when examining fire doors.

5 things to check for fire door safety
IMAGE SOURCE: BRITISH WOODWORKING FEDERATION

Need some help?

If you would like to find out more about visual fire door inspections and what the Churches Fire & Security plan can do for your business, call our Customer Development team on 0370 608 4350 or complete the form for a call back.

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Learn more about how Churches Fire & Security visually inspect Fire Doors in our downloadable pdf.

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FIRE DOOR INSPECTION APP

As part of our continuous business improvement, we have implemented the use of Bolster Systems; an innovative app that provides electronic management of fire door inspections.

Key features of the application include:

  • Evidence of fire stopping compliance after inspection
  • Record of maintenance works
  • Easily identifiable locations of fire doors

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