Fire Door Inspection
A fire door is the sum of its individual parts to include its leaf and frame, seals, and essential hardware such as hinges, latches, closers, etc, in addition to its installation. All of the components have to work together to ensure that the fire door will work as tested in the event of a fire. If any of the individual components are incorrectly specified or defective in any way, the consequences can be serious.
Fire doors are subject to everyday use that makes them especially vulnerable to damage and to the effects of wear and tear that can dramatically compromise the fire-resisting integrity of the door. As with any life safety device, a fire door should be inspected regularly to ensure that all of its components are continuing to function properly. All too often fire doors are installed and then simply forgotten. Apart from exposing the building's occupants to the risk of the rapid spread of fire, this neglect also exposes the building’s owner to the risk of criminal prosecution.
Fire doors should be inspected to ensure that they will work properly in an emergency and to comply with fire safety regulations. Firesure can inspect your fire doors to determine their condition and any remedial measures required.
What is covered by a fire door inspection?Firesure will inspect each component of the doorset or assembly including:
- Door leaf and frame
- Self-closing device
- Intumescent fire and smoke seals
- Vision panel and other glazing
- Air transfer grille
- Lock, latch, strikeplate, and lever handles
- Door signage
- Electro-magnetic lock and emergency release device
- Electro-magnetic hold-open device
- Clearance and threshold gaps
- Panic and emergency release devices for final fire exit doors
The complete doorset or assembly will be subjected to a thorough and methodical inspection, with particular attention paid to the condition and compatibility of its components. Any changes from the original tested specification can significantly alter the fire door’s performance and can invalidate its certification.
The doorset or assembly will either pass or fail its inspection. A detailed report will be produced outlining the condition of each door and any remedial measures required. We will consult with you on the completed report, explaining it in detail, and advise how to engage a competent person to carry out any remedial work highlighted in the report.
Firesure do not sell or maintain fire doors, so our fire door inspection service is completely objective and impartial.
How often should a fire door be inspected?As with any other life safety installation in a building, a fire door should be checked regularly to ensure that it functions correctly and will work as designed in a fire emergency. It should be considered in exactly the same way as testing a fire alarm system or a fire extinguisher.
Part B of the Building Regulations 2006 references BS 8214 as providing appropriate guidance for the routine inspection and maintenance of fire doors. BS 8214:2008 requires that fire doors should be inspected every six months (Clause 13.2.1). Clause V.6.2 of Annex V of BS 9999:2008 and Clause L.6.2 of BS 5588-12:2004 also requires that fire doors should be inspected every six months. There are also numerous Codes of Practice published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government that require regular inspection of fire doors.