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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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Is Your Retail Store Safe and Secure?

With retail stores, it’s very important that you stay on top of safety and security. The slightest slip in safety measures could result in hefty losses. In cases of theft and data breaches, your business reputation could take a hit which can affect your bottom line and your goodwill in the market. 

This is why you need to be prepared by employing the correct safety and security measures to avoid any harmful incidences. 

If you don’t have measures in place, you should look to implement some of the following to ensure your shop is safe and secure at all times.

Here’s how you can do it.

Be Conscious of Security-Related Threats and Evaluate Your Existing Practices

In order to safeguard your retail store from both internal and external threats, you need to be conscious of the warning signs. This way you’ll know what you’re up against and likewise, it can help you employ correct measures to remedy the situation.

Designing an efficient plan of action for security purposes will help you build strong security policies. For this, you’ll have to take a close look at your existing policies as well to find loopholes that may pose a security threat. This will help you to focus on where enhancements are needed and prepare and implement measures based on the risk factor. 

If you uncover some blind spots in your retail stores, you can install the right equipment to bring these spots to attention. This way you’ll be able to keep a better eye on the exposed area. 

Employ the Right Staff

Security policies exist so that they can be followed by your employees and used as a guide as they carry out their duties. For this, you have to ensure that the staff you have on board will reinforce policies instead of compromising and cutting corners with your retail security. 

To be sure of your staff’s credibility, make background checks an important aspect of your hiring process. Another thing you can do is to conduct roles and responsibilities specific checks before you hire someone.

Say, if you’re hiring a clerk or a cashier, then a basic background check that involves employment and address verification along with criminal history will suffice.

Whatever the role, ensure that you’re performing due diligence with every person you get on board.

Provide Adequate Training to Your Employees and Communicate the Company Policies As Well

It is your responsibility to make sure that all your employees are aware of the company policies regarding safety and security of your retail store. The guidelines and procedures that you have in place are to be communicated clearly to every employee at the time of joining. Any questions or doubts they may have are to be addressed and adequate training and hand-holding has to be provided for better work performance. 

When employees understand the various policies, they’ll have a better grasp of what’s expected of them. On the other hand, the training provided to them should be both relatable and relevant to their role so that your business can achieve an enhanced level of compliance. 

With proper training, you can tip the scale in your favour as it not only increases the chances of success but also creates a safety and security culture that’s constant throughout. 

Invest in Safe and Secure Equipment

At times, even a highly trained and proficient employee can face security issues if they don’t have the right safety tools at hand. This is why, it’s extremely important that as a retail store owner, you invest in safe and secure equipment like:

 

    • Automatic Doors – If the entry and exit points are secure, safety and security issues can be avoided within the retail premises. For this, installing automatic doors is the best as these not only provide an increased level of security but also can be controlled manually to seal the premises in case of security breaches.
    • Security Cameras – Installing surveillance camera systems is perhaps the safest and most effective way to ensure customer and employee safety. Security cameras have comprehensive coverage of all important areas.

 

 

Installing RFID, security tags, scanners and barcode labels to your products in the retail store are other tools that you can invest in to enhance safety measures. 

At Doorway Services we’ll help ensure front door safety with our extensive range products. Right from installing business doors to conducting regular door repairs and maintenance checks for optimal performance, we’re a one-stop-shop for retail business safety. 

Get in touch with us today for safe and secure business door solutions!