Fire Door Safety Week 25 – 29th September 2017
Fire doors are designed to saves lives and property. Fire doors keep back smoke and flame for a specified amount of time to allow escape and contain the fire to allow fire fighters to do their job. In order for fire doors to do the intended job it is vital that they are correctly installed and that they are used properly. See what not do to with your fire doors below…
Fire doors should never be propped open, they are only fully effective if the door is completely closed!
This fire door has been adapted to accommodate the use of a stair lift, making the door completely useless in the event of a fire!
Follow these simple steps to check your fire doors are fit for purpose…
- Check for certification Is there a label or plug on top (or occasionally on the side) of the door to show it is a certificated fire door? You can use the selfie function on your camera phone or a mirror to check. If there is, that’s good news, otherwise report it to whoever is in charge of your building.
- Check the gaps Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when closed. You can use a £1 coin to give a feel for scale, this is about 3mm thick. The gap under the door can be slightly larger (up to 8mm is not uncommon), but it does depend on the door – as a rule of thumb, if you can see light under the door, the gap is likely to be too big. It’s good news if the door fits the frame and it’s not damaged. If not, report it. If the gaps are too big smoke and fire could travel through the cracks.
- Check the seals Are there any intumescent seals around the door or frame, and are they intact with no sign of damage? These seals are usually vital to the fire door’s performance, expanding if in contact with heat to ensure fire (and in some cases smoke) can’t move through the cracks. If not, report it – the door may not be properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not protect you long enough.
- Check the hinges Are the hinges firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws? If you see problems, report it – the door is obviously not properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not perform and hold back the fire for long enough.
- Check the door closes properly Open the door about halfway, let go and allow it to close by itself. Does it close firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame? If not, report it. A fire door only works when it’s closed. A fire door is completely useless if it’s wedged open or can’t close fully.
When checking your fire doors if you find them to have any problems then contact us to arrange a consultation.. 01785 711088