Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it a legal requirement to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and adequately maintained in order for them to be ‘fit for purpose’.

The authorities have the power to enforce the RRO/FSO and do prosecute or even close buildings down where breaches are discovered.

Building owners need ‘responsible persons’ as referenced in the RRO/FSO to help them comply with fire door regulations.

The full inspection and maintenance of a fire door can only be carried out by a trained and competent professional.

If you need to replace parts or components, you must use like for like and check that the correct, compatible components are listed on the installation instructions or fire certificate data sheet. Always check the manufacturer contact details on the label if you are unsure what replacement components are correct. If you fit incompatible and incorrect components the certification of the door will be invalidated.

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Overview of Fire Door Services Offered

At Active fire safety solutions Ltd, we offer a full and certified system of maintenance and servicing contracts to suit the customers’ requirements across all fire door installations whether new or existing, we can attend site carry out a review and produce a detailed report for every fire door, not only do we inspect the doors we also advise on where in fact fire doors should be located, so we never oversell. From a full fire door survey carried out by our Fire Door Inspection Scheme diploma holders under the certifier FDIS scheme, but to the actual physical maintenance work required per door to leave you with fully compliance and current fire door standards, but also with a certificate of compliance to prove to any authority your doors meet current standards and that you are maintaining them.

Fire Door Register

Many buildings will have a fire door register that records information and the history about each individual fire door. The fire door register is important, as it provides a central hub for all the relevant information about the fire doors within a building.
It is a useful document for a building owner or ‘responsible person’ to prove to authorities that regular inspection and maintenance takes place. The type of information that the register will include:

  1. Location of the door with identity disc on door face of individual doors.
  2. Date of last inspection and by whom.
  3. Result of test and list of items checked per door set.
  4. Remedial actions where required
  5. Date of next inspection due
  6. Action plan of any unresolved defects or issues and action required

Note: *Indicates example of type of information recorded. This list is not definitive and should be further developed by the user for a particular need, building or location and in accordance with any Fire Risk Assessment.

Fire Door Inspection & Maintenance

quaid lagan jA9a1yepfEk unsplash 1 1Fire doors should be regularly inspected for damage that may prevent the door from performing in the event of a fire. This may form part of the risk assessment for the building. Any issues should be fixed as soon as possible using compatible, correct fire rated components. The selection of suitable components is supported by the Fire Certificate and door schedule. To check compatibility of components, always check the Fire Certificate data sheet or contact the fire door manufacturer. By not using compatible components as listed on the Fire Certificate, fire certification of the door will be invalidated.

All parts of the door assembly or door-set should be inspected by a ‘competent person’

*Door leaf, Frame, Closer, Signage, Glazing, Locks and latches, Air transfer grille (ATG), Intumescent and smoke seals and Hinges, All other ironmongery, Gap between the frame and the door.

Frequency of Inspection

  • Periodic checks should be carried out at least once every six months according to BS 9999.
  • Newly occupied buildings may require more frequent checks in the first year of use

Doors where traffic is high are likely to be more susceptible to damage and should be checked more frequently than other doors in the building. E.g. once per week/month (depending on usage).


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