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Fire shutters offer a high level of protection, preventing the spread of flames and smoke. As a result, they form an important part of your fire safety procedures.

In the UK, strict regulations ensure shutters effectively suppress fires. All fire shutters must comply with the latest standards within the BS EN 16034:2014 & CE-marked to BS EN 13241-1:2003. 

At Robinsons Facilities Services, we install, service, and repair fire shutters, providing your commercial property with optimum protection and compliance. 

With years of industry experience, our engineers ensure your shutters integrate into your current fire and security alarm systems for a seamless experience. 

Give us a call at 01423 226578 for a free, no-obligation quote.

Important update: Updates to UK legislation now require all new fire shutters to comply with BS EN 16034:2014, hold the CE Mark BS EN 13241-1:2003, and pass regular testing.


What Are Fire Shutters?

Fire shutters, also referred to as fire shutter curtains, are a common fire safety measure in commercial and industrial buildings. Similar in appearance to other types of commercial shutter doors, they have specific fire-protection properties.

They seal off an area from the rest of the building in order to contain a fire and stop it from spreading. They work in a similar way to a fire door but use a shutter design.

Fire shutters can be either manual or automatic and are usually made from steel or aluminium. They are rated in terms of how long they can withstand a fire for. This is known as the fire resistance level (FRL).

You can install shutters in a number of different locations, from car parks and loading bays to stairwells and server rooms.


How Do Fire Shutters Work?

In the event of a fire, fire shutters close and seal off the area that is at risk, sometimes automatically. This contains the fire and prevents it from spreading to other parts of the building.

Automatic fire shutters usually link to the fire alarm system, and will close when the fire alarm is triggered. 

Someone on-site can close manual fire shutters using a fire shutter fire control panel. Alternatively, they may have a break-glass unit that triggers them in an emergency. 

You can also close these shutters as a matter of course. For instance, overnight when nobody is on the premises.

Types of Fire Shutters UK

Fire safety shutters come in different sizes and models to best suit your requirements and specifications.

At Robinsons Facilities Services, we specialise in installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of shutters. That includes:

  • Tubular motor fire shutters for smaller applications
  • Inline fire shutters for larger commercial or industrial applications
  • Gravity fail-safe tubular motor fire shutters for premises that require an extra level of protection

We also specialise in various levels of protection, including:

  • FR-1H Model (E60) – offers 1-hour fire protection
  • FR-2H Model (E120) – offers 2-hour fire protection
  • FR-4H Model (E240) – offers 4-hour fire protection

Contact our team to discuss fire shutter details and find the right solution for your needs.

Benefits of Fire Shutters

There are a number of benefits to having fire shutters installed on your commercial property:

  • Fire shutters can help to contain a fire and prevent it from spreading.
  • They can provide extra security for your premises, deterring burglars and vandals.
  • They can also help to keep out draughts and noise.
  • Fire retardant shutters can be automated to quickly close when a fire is detected.

Legal Requirements Around Fire Shutters In The UK

You’re responsible for fire safety in your commercial premises if you’re an employer, landlord, or building manager.

As the ‘responsible person’, you are required to conduct regular fire assessments to ensure you keep people safe in the case of a fire. These responsibilities are part of UK law.

In England and Wales, all fire curtains must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This order states you conduct regular servicing of all fire doors to ensure maximum safety. Scotland and Northern Ireland have equivalent mandatory laws.

What’s more, Regulation 18 of the Health and Safety Act 1974 states that all fire equipment should be:

  • Fit for its intended purpose
  • Safe to use and in good repair
  • Tested regularly

All fire shutters must comply with British Standards and be CE-certified (soon to be UKCA-certified in England, Scotland, and Wales). 

It’s your responsibility to ensure regular shutter door maintenance by a competent professional. You must also provide all relevant documentation during a Health and Safety inspection.

Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to legal issues and invalid insurance. With such high stakes, we recommend using a reputable fire shutter company for all installation, maintenance, and repair jobs.

Robinsons Facilities Management is Yorkshire’s leading provider of fire shutter services. Our experienced technicians can advise you on all aspects of your fire safety plan, ensuring your premises are safe and compliant

We’ll also make sure you have all the documentation to comply with UK regulations and requirements.

Get in touch for a quote on fire shutter servicing, installation, and repairs.

Fire Shutter Installation

Robinsons Facilities Services can install fire shutters on your commercial property quickly and efficiently. 

Our experienced and accredited team will work with you to ensure that your fire shutter installation meets all the relevant fire safety regulations.

For optimal safety, we’ll seamlessly link your shutters with other systems, including your fire alarm system.

Fire Shutter Maintenance Yorkshire

Your fire shutter curtain must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which states that fire doors require regular servicing. 

Shutters should also form a key part of your fire risk assessment.

With so much at stake, it’s essential that you choose a reliable fire shutter installation company to maintain your facilities. 

Our qualified team offers thorough fire shutter maintenance services across the North of England. 

From testing your fire shutter fire control panel to ensuring your property complies with the Health and Safety Act 1974.

For added peace of mind, we also offer bespoke planned preventative maintenance packages and personalised servicing schedules for your fire safety equipment.

Browse our website to learn more about our full range of fire protection services.

Fire Shutter Curtain Repair in Yorkshire

Faulty fire shutter doors can be a serious cause for concern. Not only could it put the safety of your employees at risk, but it could lead to your insurance being voided.

As a result, it’s vital that you call a trained professional as soon as you notice any issues with your fire shutters and smoke curtains.

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our experienced engineers offer 24-7-365 emergency callouts across Yorkshire.

We understand the importance of repairing fire safety equipment as promptly as possible and will aim to get to your site within four hours. 

Need a fire shutter door repair service in Yorkshire? Call us now at 01423 226578.

Fire Shutters UK FAQs

A fire shutter is usually made from steel, and a fire curtain is made out of glass fibre fabric which can also provide resistance from fire. They appear very different but serve a similar purpose, though one may be more suitable than another for your space.

We recommend a full inspection every six months, including a fire shutter servicing. This can check that everything is in working order and offers the protection level required.

Often just called fire doors, these are doors with a specific fire rating and a design to prevent fire from spreading throughout a building. They may be advised as part of your fire risk assessment.

Prices for fire shutters can vary depending on a number of factors. These include size, protection level, and the type of motor you opt for. To give you an example, you can expect to pay anywhere between £1,500 and £2,500 for a 3m by 2.5m shutter. Typically, an inline motor will cost more than a tubular one.

Fire shutters must be tested by a notified body to be fully certified and CE-marked. In order to CE mark a shutter to the standard BS EN 1604, manufacturers must provide accurate testing documentation and certification from a notified body. They must also supply a product drawing, installation instructions, and a declaration of performance. 

Under UK law, all powered doors must be “checked at regular intervals, as appropriate, by inspection, testing, adjustment, lubrication, repair and cleaning.” In addition, you must service all fire shutter doors every six months to ensure they are working correctly.

Failure to carry out adequate fire safety checks can lead to fines of “up to £5,000 in the Magistrates’ Court or unlimited fines and/or two years imprisonment in the Crown Court”.

If you’re looking for fire shutter Yorkshire, you’re in the right place. Robinsons Facilities Services is one of the UK’s most trusted providers of fire shutters. Our certified fire safety engineers can advise you on the best fire retardant shutters for your commercial property and provide a bespoke maintenance package. Get a quote today.

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