Do you see fire doors as a life saving piece of equipment?
When it comes to fire safety in large buildings, fire alarms and fire extinguishers naturally come to mind as some of the most valuable equipment to have on hand. But fire doors are just as important in protecting your people and premises.
There’s no getting away from the fact that fire doors save lives.
Fitted internally, between rooms, on stairwells or as front doors on flats or apartments they act as a barrier to both flames and smoke, stopping a blaze from spreading and helping people evacuate quickly and safely.
If tragedy strikes and you’re stuck in a building where a fire has started, the fire door could potentially be the only thing keeping you safe. The bottom line is that a certified fire door can save lives.
But to do their job properly, they need to be checked regularly.
In order for a fire door to operate at optimum capacity it should be certified, fitted correctly and checked regularly to ensure it remains up to the appropriate standards.
Did you know it’s actually a legal requirement?
Those responsible for all multi-occupied residential buildings taller than 11 metres are required to undertake quarterly checks on all fire doors, and undertake annual checks of all flat entrance doors that lead on to a building’s common parts.
Fire door safety is about more than just fitting them correctly, it’s about checking them regularly, too.
Regular checks should include:
- Checking to ensure that there’s been no alterations or damage to a door’s glazing apertures or air transfer grille.
- Checking that the door closer shuts the door, and that the door closes correctly around the whole frame.
- Making sure that there is no visible damage, either from wear and tear or from deliberate force.
You can read more of the latest guidance on the government website here or get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.