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.
This fire door safety week, 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.
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