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The Ultimate Fire Door Maintenance List For All Round Safety

Fire door maintenance is pretty straightforward. But when it comes to checking them over, its best to have a plan in place. This way, you can ensure that your fire-resistant doors will extend the maximum protection possible whenever the need arises.

To make this easier for you, we’ve compiled a list that’ll not only keep you up to date with the maintenance work of your fire doors but also ensure all-round safety round the clock!

Let’s take a look.

Legal Requirement for Fire Door Maintenance

In accordance with Article 17 of the Fire Safety Order, all fire doors must be properly installed and maintained. Failing to abide by this will be considered as a breach of the order. This could lead to your property being shut down while the necessary safety changes are made. In order to ensure that you’re in full compliance with the regulations, it is best to sign up for regular ‘Fire Door Inspection’ with Doorway Services.

Schedule Routine Maintenance Checks

Ideally, fire door checks should be carried out at least twice a year. But if the building is newly constructed, the safety checks conducted should be more frequent – preferably at least once every three months. Additionally, you need to keep an eye on the foot traffic that your building receives. Areas that experience the largest flow of people should have fire doors that are in top-notch condition and not damaged in any way. 

Here, fire door checks must be made as often as once every week.

Fire Door and Frame Set Checks

At the time of fire door inspection, be as thorough as possible and pay attention to the smallest details. To ensure that you comply with the regulations, you have to check the door frame and set. 

This includes:

  • Checking that appropriate gap between the door frame and the door is maintained.
  • The seals are intact and in place with no damage whatsoever.
  • Correct signage is being used.
  • There’s no blockage in the transfer grille.

You can refer to the fire door checklist readily available online as it highlights all the aspects that are to be inspected. Moreover, it is best to work through the maintenance checks systematically so as to not miss out on anything. 

Create and Maintain a Fire Door Register

If your building (s) has more than one fire door installed with varying inspection schedules, it’ll be best to create and maintain a fire door register to be on track with the inspections and their due dates. 

Your register will be the central source that’ll contain information regarding:

  • Door specifications
  • Different door components required
  • Maintenance work undertaken
  • Various checks required
  • Fire certificate numbers
  • Date of fire door installation (s).

In essence, your fire door register will have a firsthand record of all repair/maintenance-related aspects. Additionally, it’ll protect you in case of any legal actions and/or investigations.

Fire Door Repairs

If the maintenance checks bring to light any repair work that needs to be done, then you should get on top of it. Ensure that any components you replace are compatible with your fire door. Moreover, make sure that you have the right equipment and tools to carry out the repair work. 

If you’re not sure about the components to be used, then it is best to refer to the fire certificate datasheet to find out about their compatibility with your door model. While you can preside over these checks, it’s recommended that you call in door repair experts at Doorway Services for a professional and safe maintenance check. 

Our experienced door technicians are just a call away in case you need any advice on fire door maintenance. Our impressive track record with successful installations over the years speaks volumes about the quality we bring to the table. 

So, be it fire door installation or repair, give us a call today.

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Here’s Why You Need To Install Fire Doors

Whilst not always a topic we’re keen to talk about, fire safety is absolutely crucial in the design of any new buildings; after all, people who occupy a building expect to be safe and sound in case a fire breaks out. And to ensure that there are no mishaps, as business owners you need to have fire doors installed across the property. 

Simply put, installing fire doors is equal to saving lives. These doors are a part of a property’s ‘passive’ fire protection protocol making them obligatory for offices, public buildings and factories. 

Fire doors are designed to keep the fire and smoke from spreading for a certain amount of time. This helps with the following essential functions:

  • Protecting escape routes for safe evacuation
  • Protecting the property and the contents within for insurance purposes
  • Assist firefighters in extinguishing the fire in a safe and sound manner

Where Should I Install Fire Doors?

Commercial buildings must have protected escape routes that are clearly specified with the help of signs. If these routes lead to staircases and corridors, having fire doors installed here would be preferable. 

Containing fires by compartmentalising it is one of the key functions of fire doors. This keeps the fire and smoke from spreading from one place to another. This tells us that these doors are usually installed in areas that are at a high-risk. For instance, storage areas with combustible goods, kitchens and boiler rooms are ideal for fire door installation. 

Fire Doors vs Other Doors

Fire doors are designed specifically to resist and contain fire and smoke. This in itself places them in a league apart from other regular doors. 

To give you an idea of how different fire doors really are, we’ve mentioned some key attributes below. 

  • Fire doors are comparatively heavier than regular doors as they’re made of composite resistant material. This makes them fairly difficult to open and close.
  • To make these doors shut automatically, they need to have a door closer fixed.
  • Fire doors come with seals fitted snugly around the edges. These tend to expand when exposed to heat to help block any gaps in between.
  • If there are windows attached to these doors, they have to be glazed for fire-resistance.
  • Every component of the door has to be fire-resistant for optimal performance.

How long do Fire Doors Have to Resist Fire?

FD30 is the most commonly installed fire door and it is designed to fend off the fire for at least 30 minutes. FD60 doors are also available and they’re designed to resist fire for at least 60 minutes. Both the doors have fully tested seals installed that resist and contain the smoke as well.

You should know that fire doors are subjected to a furnace test by using the time-temperature aspect. The certifications are provided as proof of the authenticity of its resistance.

However, in case of a real fire, how long will these doors actually hold up will depend on a number of elements. Factors like the ratio of fire to door orientation, the reason behind what caused the burning and the extent of energy release will combine to decide the level of fire resistance in real-time. 

For instance, fire doors installed might fail sooner in case of a breakout or they might end up standing through the worse cases of fire.

So it will really depend on the nature of your business and the contents stored within to decide how fire-prone your property really is. Additionally, the expert installers and specifiers at Doorway Services will be able to help you make a better and safe choice.

Performing Routine Checks and Repairs

You need to conduct routine fire door checks to ensure that they’re ready in case of an emergency. The slightest change in any element of the door can impact its performance. Every six months or so, make it a point to call in the servicing specialists at Doorway Services. If your building receives moe foot traffic, conduct checks more often.

Give us a call today to know how you can make your building more safe and fire compliant.