Fire, Security & Life Safety Systems
Fire Door Maintenance
A fire door can form an important part of your fire safety system, and potentially even save lives. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to make sure fire doors are regularly inspected and working to their full potential. Additionally, there are legal regulations outlining the responsibilities of the occupiers of buildings when it comes to fire safety, including fire doors.
If you are a Yorkshire-based business looking for help with your fire doors, feel free to contact Robinsons Facilities Services today. Our professional team will be happy to work with you on regular inspections and servicing, as well as servicing and installing a variety of fire suppression systems.
What is a Fire Door?
A fire door is a fire-resistant door that is used as part of the fire containment strategy within a building, often alongside shutters. Fire doors are usually made from solid materials, such as metal or timber, and are designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke for a period of time. The longer they can hold a fire out of a room, the better.
Why Do Fire Doors Need Maintenance?
Fire doors need to be regularly maintained to ensure they are working properly and will be effective in the event of a fire. This means making sure the door is free from any damage or defects, that it closes properly, and that there is nothing blocking it or impeding its operation.
How Often Do You Need Fire Door Maintenance?
Fire door maintenance should be carried out at least once a year, but British Standards recommend six-monthly checks from a competent professional. Monthly visual checks can also be performed by your own employees.
- Checking the door has three or more fire rated hinges in good working order.
- Checking that there is signage to show that the door is a fire door.
- Ensuring that the self closing device is in good working order.
- Checking that there are no gaps and no obvious structural damage.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 outlines the legal requirements, and that commercial property occupiers have to make sure that fire resisting doors are properly maintained.
In many cases, it is a good idea to get a fire door maintenance company to check the integrity of your doors on a regular basis. This may be carried out as part of a planned preventative maintenance schedule, along with systems like fire dampers.
What Fire Door Maintenance and Inspection Entails
When a professional checks your fire doors, they will carry out a number of tests and professional inspections, including:
- Checking that it has been properly installed
- Inspecting the door and frame for any damage
- Operational tests to check that the door opens, closes, and latches correctly
- Tests on fire and smoke seals
- Checking that there have been no alterations that could impact on the operation of the door
- Ensuring vision light frames and glazing beads are properly installed and operational
It is important to get professional help with fire door maintenance to make sure that your doors are up to scratch and legal requirements are met.
Robinsons Facilities Services offer fire door maintenance in Yorkshire, as well as a wide range of other fire safety services.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.
Fire Door Maintenance FAQs
Fire doors are different from regular doors as they are flush with the frame, fitted with fire-resistant sealant and materials and can have strips attached to prevent smoke getting through. They are also made of thick, fire-resistant materials.
You should only install a fire door yourself if you are professionally trained to do so. These cannot be installed by just anyone and you must be “competent” in fire safety and fire door systems to do so.
Yes, fire doors must have three hinges, all of which need to be fire rated and certified. They should also carry a CE mark and fire identification stamp.