How Often Should You Check Your Fire Doors?
As a business owner, you’re responsible for the safety of your employees when they’re on your premises. As well as having mandatory health and safety procedures, it’s important you have appropriate fire safety measures in place.
Alongside having fire extinguishers installed and a quick and safe evacuation plan, you need to ensure that your property’s fire doors are in good working order.
By law, fire doors need to be able to keep a fire at bay for at least 30 minutes and without regular maintenance, they could become damaged and unsafe.
In this article, the Millennium Fire Protection team will let you know how often you should get your fire doors checked, and explore what an inspection will be looking out for.
How Often Should a Fire Door Be Checked?
It’s incredibly important to check your fire doors on a regular basis to ensure they’ll keep you safe in the event of a fire. We’d always recommend that you check them at least once every six months, but once every three months would be even better.
When it comes to the inspection, you should always hire an accredited FDIS inspector to carry it out. These people have qualifications to check fire safety equipment and are frequently assessed to ensure they’re complying with the latest regulations.
What Will an Inspection Check For?
- Certification – Fire doors must have CE certification to pass an inspection. The side of the door will have the CE mark to demonstrate it’s safe.
- Door frames – Not just any door frame will do, to guarantee your safety a fire door must have a door frame that has been purchased from a specialist manufacturer. As well as this, they’ll need to have no damage to them.
- Hinges – All fire doors will need to have a minimum of three hinges that are firmly screwed in place. No screws can be missing if an inspection is to be passed.
- Automatically closes – The whole point of a fire door is that, when closed, it stops the spread of a fire. Therefore, it is imperative that it automatically closes by itself. They should not be propped open (unless you’re using a specifically designed hold open device) and you can check how they’re closing simply by opening the door halfway and seeing how it shuts.
- Door gaps – It’s important that the top and sides of the doors do not have big gaps, if they do then smoke will be able to escape through them, meaning the fire door is essentially useless. The gaps should be no larger than 4mm from the frame, as a point of reference a one pound coin is about 3mm. As a rule of thumb, if you can see light under the door, the gap is probably too big.
- Seals – All fire doors need to be fitted with intumescent seals that should be placed inside the groove in the frame of the door.
Following your fire door inspection, you may be required to upgrade or maintain certain parts of the door to ensure it’s safe.
For almost two decades, the team at Millennium Fire Protection has served customers throughout Harlow, Ealing and Watford, helping to keep their businesses secure with our range of quality products and services. For more information on how we can help you, contact us today.