For our second mini blog of the week to raise awareness of Fire Door Safety week, we’re asking you the question, ‘Do you think you could spot a non-compliant fire door?’
Fire doors are a critical element in preventing the spread of fire and smoke and it should be everybody’s responsibility in a shared building to make sure that they are fit for purpose, however research shows that 53% of people would not know how to spot a dodgy fire door.
Here’s how to check to make sure the building you’re living in, working in or visiting have compliant fire doors.
- Certification: Look for a label, a plug or similar marking to show that it’s certificated, it should show a fire resistance rating, if there isn’t one, it’s most likely not a fire door and will not protect you in a fire.
- Apertures: Altering the door for glazing apertures and air transfer grilles will make certification VOID.
- Gaps & Seals: Check the gap around the door frame is constant and around 3-4mm (about the thickness of a £1 coin) and CE marked hinges are firmly fixed with no missing screws.
- Closers: Check that the closer shuts the door onto the latch from any position – you should open and release the fire door to ensure it closes. On double doors you may have door selectors to allow doors to close in the correct sequence to create a seal.
- Operation: Ensure the door closes correctly around all parts of the frame.
- Hinges: On fire doors, there must be a minimum of three hinges and all screws must be tight. Check that the hinges are free of metal fragments and oil leakage as this could be a sign of dangerous wear and tear.
- Wedges: Fire doors cannot do their job if they are wedged open, if you spot any fire doors held open in this way, remove the wedge or prop. Some doors can be fitted with hold-open devices which, when the fire alarm activates allows the door to close after releasing the hold open device.
Have you seen one like this?
Have your fire doors got any of these signs?
For more information refer to the British Woodworking Federation’s useful 5 Step Fire Door Check which you can download here:
So, now you know how to spot a non-compliant fire door, how often should you check them?
Every six months or even three months in a busy building however fire safety is all about common sense, if you have a fire door that looks damaged or faulty, have it checked. It is advisable to ask a competent person / company to check these for you to ensure they are in good working order. Regular maintenance will keep everyone safe.
Here at ProFire Safety & Training, our fire safety engineers, technicians and risk assessors have many years’ experience and can carry out fire door safety checks within your office or workspace – see here for more details.
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