How can proper Fire Door installation protect your premises?
Fire door maintenance is vital to protect people and property. Regular inspections address any wear and tear to fire doors over time, ensuring fire door safety.
Fire doors are designed to contain fire and smoke in the room they originated in. This prevents the fire from spreading, providing people with precious time to escape safely and reducing damage to the building.
Fire doors are thicker than regular doors and are built with a non-flammable core. The frame should also be made from a certified material, and the gap between the frame and door should be no more than 2-3mm. Gaps are fitted with intumescent seals, which expand when exposed to a fire's heat.
Different fire doors can withstand a fire for varying times depending on the make of the door. Most commonly, 30 or 60 minutes. This should be clearly labelled on the door.
Fire doors should be installed where they can contain the spread of a fire and protect fire escape routes. Stairwells should have doors fitted as they are a primary escape route. A fire assessment of your property should highlight where fire doors should be installed.
Fire doors are legally required in all properties used for non-domestic purposes. Some domestic properties, such as multiple occupancy blocks of flats, flats 4.5m above ground level, or properties for rent, also require fire doors to be fitted.
Fire door inspections are essential for the safety of occupants and for reducing property damage. Fire doors work by containing a fire. People can safely leave the building using fire exit routes and call the fire service if a fire is contained. Containing the fire also minimises damage to the building as only the location the fire started in is impaired. Fire door checks ensure the door works correctly and can contain a fire.
Fire door checks are crucial not only for safety but for compliance. Fire door inspections are required to meet UK regulations.
British Standards and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) requires installing fire doors where appropriate. These regulations also include:
Fire door inspections are extensive to guarantee the safety and effectiveness of fire doors. What must be checked:
Government guidance requires that fire doors are checked regularly. A general rule is to check your fire doors at least every six months. This will allow any wear-and-tear, which may impact the functioning of the fire door, to be detected early and resolved.
Building owners are responsible for ensuring that fire doors are checked regularly. Fire doors must be installed, inspected and maintained by qualified professionals.
When arranging a fire door inspection, it is essential to check your provider's experience and qualifications. Here are some accreditations to look out for:
Intertech Contracts are leading installers of fire doors and are accredited by the BM TRADA Q-Mark fire door installation scheme.
We have over 30 years of experience, are based in Hull and East Yorkshire, and provide fire door installation across the UK.
If you have a new build or are refurbishing a property needing fire doors, contact our friendly team today.
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