FTS Safety Solutions provide Fire Door Inspections using FDIS Certificated Inspectors who are qualified to undertake fire door inspections. Not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors.

fire door inspection FAQsUnder the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire doors should be inspected and maintained at least annually. However, depending on the type of building the “responsible person” is required to influence the frequency of fire door inspections. Some buildings, such as schools and hospitals, are subject to heavy traffic and the doors have a hard time often being subjected to repeated misuse. BS9999 recommends six monthly inspections and includes guidance on some of the main inspection criteria, the responsible person should ensure an adequate routine for inspections and maintenance is in place.

Fire doors play a vital role in fire safety and are a legal requirement in all non-domestic properties. To ensure that fire doors comply with the fire safety regulations and are operating as they should, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked fire door inspection questions.

Fire Door Inspection FAQs

The Entrance door to my flat doesn’t have a self-closer - should it?
Yes, all fire resisting doors other than those which are kept locked (such as store cupboard or riser doors) must have door closers and have the correct signage depending on their use.
How often do I legally have to inspect my fire doors?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places the legal responsibility with the Responsible Person (the person having control of the building) to ensure that fire safety devices are correctly maintained and fit-for-purpose, generally an Annual Inspection is required. BS 9999 gives specific information with regard to six monthly fire door inspections for schools and hospitals, as they are subject to heavy traffic and are often misused.
Does my door need a self-closing device?
Yes. This device stops the door from slamming shut, which means nobody can get their fingers trapped in the door, or have the door slam shut when they are trying to exit through it.
How heavy are fire doors?
FD30 fire doors weight approximately 45kg. FD60 fire doors weigh upwards of 75kg, so you can see why it is so important that the door opens and closes safely.
Can I paint my fire door?
Yes, you can paint or varnish your fire door, but ensure that the products you are using are suitable for the purpose of the fire door and are of a high standard.
Do I need door seals?
Heat and smoke seals are required for your fire door. They completely shut off all gaps in the fire door frame, serving as an excellent defence against fire and smoke considerably delay the spread giving time for evacuation.
What is the maximum glazed area in a fire door?
This will depend on the certification and fire test evidence for the door leaf. Fire doors are subject to a fire test and will have been tested with a glazed aperture. From the fire test a report is produced giving details of limitations to the size and location of glazed apertures in the fire door leaf.
Is it OK to fit a roller bolt catch to a fire door?
The Code of Practice covering door hardware for Fire and Escape Doors states that roller bolt catches cannot be relied upon to give a retaining action and indeed can actually prevent a door from closing fully in to the frame. Their use on fire resisting doors is therefore NOT recommended.
Timber fire doors have been fitted with a magnetic hold-open devices and door-closers and the doors have twisted and don’t close properly.
If hold open devices are installed incorrectly the door may bow or twist due to the conflicting forces of the hold-open device and the door-closer. Fire resisting doors can only prevent the passage of fire and smoke in the closed position so it is important that the doors close correctly without excessive gaps so it is essential to install hold-open and closing devices correctly.
To what extent do intumescent fire seals expand in the door edges?
Sodium silicate used in fire seals will expand between five and ten times its original size. But it can be difficult to quantify exactly as it will depend on the heat involved. So, a 10×4 seal can expand by five to ten times and a 15×4 seal can expand by the same degree. It is not purely a matter of the intumescent seal expanding to fill the gap around the door, as it is generally tested on 3-4mm gaps around the door. This means that the seal expands to create pressure to help clamp the door into the frame to hold it in place for the required length of time. For this reason, larger gaps around existing doors need to be reduced to the tested gap size of 3-4mm. Sodium silicate intumescent material begins to expand at around 100 degrees C which will be in the first few minutes of the fire.

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