The inspection and maintenance of Fire Doors is crucial to make sure they perform as intended. A fully functioning Fire Door will prevent the spread of fire and toxic fumes within a building, most importantly saving lives and protecting the rest of the building.
BS 9999:2017 (Standard for Fire Safety in Design) recommends Fire Doors should be inspected at least every 6 months, if they have relatively low traffic, however if they are in constant use we would recommend checks more frequently. Heavy daily use can have a detrimental effect on the door and its components, leading to the Fire Door potentially not performing as intended.
Fire Doors should be supplied with Certification from a third party accredited body, to ensure they have been manufactured as per manufacturers' guidelines. In addition they will hold test evidence to ensure that door is capable of holding back fire and smoke for a specified amount of time, most commonly 30 minutes and 60 minutes (FD30 or FD60). All doors and their components combined, should be tested to BS 476 part 22, or EN 1634-1.
However a Fire Door may hold all the relative certification and test evidence, but if it has not been installed correctly, the door could potentially not perform as intended. A comprehensive inspection will determine all these factors.
We will provide a detailed and comprehensive inspection of all your Fire Doors, analysing in detail, every key component of the Fire Door, that could affect the door's performance.
Once we have completed the inspection, we will then provide you with a comprehensive report, concluding that the doors are compliant and have passed, or whether they have failed and reasons for this. Where necessary we can provide remediation advice, to bring the doors back to safety approved compliancy.
Each door will be inspected and labelled, to confirm it has been inspected to our accredited bodies' guidelines. The Responsible Person can then use the report to form part of the Fire Risk Assessment for the building.