What you need to know:
Levels of fire safety span far beyond fire drills, evacuation techniques and general training, as other important aspects are considered when ensuring that companies are compliant with safety regulations. Building structure, materials and containment locations must be taken into account when considering fire safety risk.
Fire doors are very important commodities when considering the structural aspect of any building. Fire doors are usually located on protected fire routes (usually found on the way to fire escapes or passages designed to limit passive fire.) They are designed in a way in which they can restrict passive fire and smoke that would otherwise contaminate a building or area.
Compliance Surveys offer full assessments and surveys regarding the compliance and safety of the fire doors themselves, considering their effectiveness should any situation occur. Fire door surveys aim to ensure that the doors function correctly and are adhering to the standard that they were originally intended to achieve when installed.
These inspections usually take place on average once per year, although they may be carried out more frequently depending on the number of fire doors that exist and on the levels of use.
What is covered during our fire door inspection?
During a fire door inspection our technicians inspect each component of the fire door assembly including:
- Door leaf
- Door frame
- Door closer (self-closing devices)
- Intumescent door strip and cold smoke seals
- Glazing (vision panels)
- Locks and levers/handles
- Fire safety signage
- Hold open devices
- Gaps around the doors and threshold gaps
- Panic hardware devices for external final fire exit doors
Upon completion of fire door and final fire exit door inspections, a report is produced detailing the condition of each door and listing the areas of non-compliance, which creates a database and asset register for future on-going inspections.