Fire Doors play a vital role in safety and regulation of both residential and commercial properties. Not only do they hold a fundamental importance in the protection of our buildings, but also to our livelihoods. Fire Doors create a barrier to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout your building allowing you time to vacate safely.
Legal Minimum fire resistance in a commercial property is 30 minutes otherwise known was FD30. But the importance does not just lie in the application of the fire door itself but factors to ensure safe maintenance of your fire doors.
Within Knowles News we have covered both the basis of importance of fire doors (Read the article here) and importance of fire-certification (Read the article here). This is what we already know:
- Fire doors can be constructed in single, double and hospital frame
- Fire doors must be fitted with a closer so that they shut automatically
- Fire doors only work when fully closed (not propped open with a door stop)
- All glazing apertures and ironmongery must be fire-resistance (All of Knowles’ are tried, tested and certificated)
Just like any other door in the home, a fire door requires maintenance to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Who is responsible of ensuring that my fire door is fit for purpose?
Look closer, the answer is just hidden in question – the Responsible Person.
For example, in a Commercial Property, you are the responsible person if you are any of the following titles (employer, owner, landlord, occupier, premises or facilities building manager or risk assessor). You have a duty of care to ensure your clients/employees are situated in a safe environment. Often you will find there are more than one Responsible Person in a working environment, to which they must work together (with the aid of a Fire Safety Expert) to ensure all Fire Safety measures and requirements are met.
Now we have highlighted, who is in charge of your fire doors responsibility. Let’s now address how often fire doors should be checked.
From Research conducted at the Fire Safety Study, a fire door should be checked every three months. To do so, a registered FDIS inspector should be present, to ensure all tests are accurate.
What is a A FDIS Inspector? A FDIS Inspector is a certified body who has achieved accreditation of their knowledge of fire safety and fire doors.
Fire Certification Accreditation
Although it’s presence often goes unnoticed, old tradition has taught us to ‘always read the label’ and in this case it is a must.
All of our doors are labelled clearly with it’s accreditations and properties.
Take a look at the example below, of one of our Fire Doors.
You will find:
- IFC Certification with supported visual and company details
- E& S W Logo and Business Contact Details
- Fire Rating Specification – Fire Resistance Details
- Q-Mark (The Yellow Dot) is the product certification scheme for building and construction products
In conclusion, your fire door maintenance can be remembered by these three pointers.
- Install – Ensure your fire door has been manufactured & installed by professionals
- Test – Every 3 months ensure your responsible person(s) test your fire doors seeking our advice from professional aid such as Fire Safety Experts
- Repeat – Repeat this process every 3 months or if you notice visible damage – alert your responsible person to seek advice as soon as possible.