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4 Commercial Fire Door Requirements You Need to Know About

Fire doors are common in offices and other commercial settings. 

However, some people don’t realise their usefulness, especially when we take into account the safety of a property. If you are a business owner, you should learn more about fire doors when you’re looking to add them to your commercial building.

These doors are primarily used during times of emergency and you need to ensure they perform well, especially if a fire was to break out. Conduct regular maintenance checks by calling the business door experts at Doorway Services

Doorway Services will help ensure that you are ready to face any challenges if need be. 

In the event of an actual fire, these doors play a critical role in containing smoke and stopping flames from spreading. They also help your employees escape the affected premises easily. 

However, if you don’t fulfil the necessary requirements when installing fire doors, they can prove to be deadly, not to mention, you’ll expose yourself to a lawsuit.  

To ensure that you are following protocol for the safety of the occupants of your office building, we’ve created a list of common fire door requirements you should be aware of when installing them. 

Let’s take a look!

1. Requirements During Installation

Fire doors installed commercially need to adhere to the local, state, national and international building codes to ensure the safety of all the occupants of the property. However, you should keep several things in mind when fitting a fire door. 

We highly recommend leaving the installation process in the hands of the door installation experts at Doorway Services. We have many years of experience installing fire doors that meet all the necessary needs. 

Keep an eye out for any slight gap or crack between the fire door and the frame after installation. If they exist on your door frame or glasswork, the door could be faulty and fall short of RRO requirements

2. Fire Door Frame Requirements

The frame is one of the most critical components of a well-functioning fire door. If you’re looking to purchase door frames, get them from a manufacturer that is licensed, like Doorway Services, or purchase them from a BWF Approved Fire Door Centre. 

In certain situations, it may not be possible for you to fit new frames. It is advisable to add seals to the door edge. Additionally, the gap between the door and the door frame must be under 4 mm. 

If you’re not sure how to install a door frame, you should leave it in the reliable hands of Doorway Services. We’ll ensure that the door frames are fitted well, improving the functionality of your commercial fire doors

3. Fire Door Maintenance Requirements

You should conduct regular inspections of the fire doors by scheduling appointments with the experts at Doorway Services. This will ensure that your commercial doors are fully functional and will deliver peak performance whenever the need arises. 

You should conduct these checks at least once every six months and contact us if any repairs are needed. If the doors are used frequently and are more vulnerable to damage, you should do these inspections more regularly. 

We recommend getting a registered FDIS inspector to conduct these checks. They’re well-educated and have a diploma in fire doors, making them the authority for these inspections. 

4. British Standard for Fire Doors

If you want proper fire doors in your business’ building, you need to ensure they meet the requirements of British regulations. While they cover most of the common fire door requirements, you should keep some things in mind.

Let’s take a look at some of the regulations of fire doors:

BS 8214

This rule talks about the installation and maintenance of fire doors. It states that fire doors should provide a similar level of fire resistance compared to the still parts of the buildings. 

BS 5839-1:2013

You should follow these rules while installing external elements, like ‘Door Hold Open Services’ to a fire door. This ensures that the standards of these items are effective and quality-assured. 

BS 9999:2008

This set of regulations is the fire safety code applied during building design and use. It’s used to inspect existing buildings and those under construction. These standards ensure that your fire safety plans will work well in times of emergency. 

Contact Doorway Services for Fire Door Installations and Repairs

Now that you’re aware of the common fire door requirements, it’s time to take action. You need these doors to work effectively, especially during times of emergency. 

That’s why you should leave the work of fire door installation and repairs in the hands of the professionals at Doorway Services. Our experts have many years of experience installing and repairing doors, ensuring they meet all your requirements. 

We also provide installation services for commercial doors, like fire doors, Dane shutters, aluminium doors and more. Additionally, if you’re looking for door repair services, our experts are here to help! 

To learn more about our services, get in touch with our team or call us on 0333 772 7784!