The need for companies To provides an annual Risk Assessment has led to the demand for an extremely capable Inspection procedure, and that accurate info is made available. The Regulatory reform fire safety ordinance requires the Responsible Person, or nominated representative, to ensure that the passive fire protection Fire Doors, in all non-domestic buildings are inspected regularly and are in a condition to do to the desired fire rating. The overall aim is to receive an annual Fire Door Inspection completed on your estate by a skilled Fire Door Inspector, but in a few cases, your company model and utilization might dictate that this be done twice yearly.
Fire Door being inspected
As an FDIS assessor, we’ve got training and knowledge that lots of clients find invaluable. We may inspect your fire doors and provide precise info on the status and condition of this important still frequently overlooked asset. Our examination, which contains a schedule, along with a visit report, reviews all essential components of the fire door and updates the customer on any area that requires additional attention. Where possible we’d also work with almost all available floorplans and cross-reference door numbers with locations. Additionally, or in which building information isn’t available, we’d aim to look over your compartmentation and only concentrate on doors that, by way of their location, will be termed Fire Doors.
Having carried out numerous inspections
we’ve developed a structure that works for everybody. We believe in providing info on what actions are required as opposed to simply generating info regarding the present situation. Fire door inspections help you maintain documents and carrying out routine maintenance saves long term harm to your important assets. Think of this as an MOT for your door – with no annual service, wear will take place and also the anticipated performance would be impacted.
Inspection checklist for fire doors
- Labels – Every fire door should display a BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door Scheme label – usually found on the top edge of the door.
- Leaf – The door leaf should sit flush with the door stop, and without any distortion. Ensure that the door is free from any dents, holes or other damage, and that any veneer is still solidly in place.
- Frame – Ensure that the frame is firmly attached to the wall – and if any planted door stop is present, that it too, is firmly attached. Check that the door leaf gap is consistently the required 2-4mm.
- Seals – All fire doors should feature seals – either intumescent, smoke, acoustic or any combination of those – if not, they should be installed IMMEDIATELY. All seals must be well attached inside the groove of either the door leaf or the frame itself. All seals must be continuous around the frame and free from any damage.
- Hinges – All fire doors must be affixed with a MINIMUM of 3 hinges, with all screws firmly tightened in place. The screws must be custom fitted for the hinge and the right size, and maintained free from any metal fragments or oil leakage. Any signs of wear must be addressed.
- Closers – There is a test you should perform regularly for the door closers – open the door to 5 degrees (75mm) and check that door closes and successfully engages with the latch. Ensure that the closer is correctly installed and is attached to both the door and the frame. Ensure there is no damage or leaking. If doors are hung in pairs, then ensure that they both close in line when opened and released together.
- Door Open Devices – Many fire doors are fitted with “hold open” devices – only the electronically powered devices are approved. Where present, ensure that the device releases the door accordingly when required.
- Lock / Latch – Ensure that the latch holds the door firmly in place without any ‘rattling’, or excess movement.
- Glazing – Many fire doors are installed with specialist glazing – when present, ensure the intumescent seals are attached to the beading and the glass itself, and is continuous. Check that all beading is in good condition and free from damage, and all glass panes are damage-free with no cracks. Check whether any panes have been replaced for any reason and, if so, that the replacement glass is of the required fire safety standards. Any glass panelling below a height of 1500mm must be comprised of the approved safety glass standard.
- Threshold Gap – There must be a consistent gap under the fire door that allows it to swing freely without touching the floor. Ensure that this gap between floor covering and door is consistently 10mm, or less, when the door is closed.