This month we have Fire Door Safety Week, from 23rd to the 29th of September there is a massive marketing campaign to increase the awareness of the importance and understanding of the role that fire doors play in the protection of people and property.
Why Fire Door Safety Week Is Important
A fire door is not just an ordinary door, it is a safety device that forms part of the fire protection in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. They are designed to interrupt the spread of fire and smoke to protect you and the property, allowing time to evacuate.
All modern buildings have been designed to specific standards which provides compartmentalisation, so that in the event of fire breaking out the fire doors buy us time and provide a safe refuge and escape route. Even more importantly the emergency services can come to our aid through this safe route.
FTS are supporting the campaign and we encourage business owners and staff members to check the operation and condition of all of your fire doors and if required, to report the ones that look like they may need to be repaired.
What We Find During Fire Door Inspections
Over the past few months we have seen a threefold increase in the number of enquiries for Fire Door inspections. They have come from all over the country from Dorset to Bradford, Norfolk to Hereford.
Unfortunately, we are not a national company, but we do everything we can to help those outside our coverage area and recommend that they visit the FDIS website where they can find a local, certified inspector.
We have carried out inspections for various schools and companies in our own area, we cover Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire and even venture into parts of London.
During one inspection in a school, we had been on site for more than 6 weeks carrying out the repairs required to bring the fire doors back to a safe standard. This has involved a team of qualified engineers on site replacing all the intumescent seals, realigning the doors and replacing the door furniture and hardware. We had to replace 36 doors as they were beyond remedial work!
One door we recently inspected, in an industrial warehouse, had a big hole in the middle, the phrase about as much use as a chocolate teapot springs to mind. When we asked how or more to the point what caused it. We had to laugh when we were told that a forklift truck had gone through it, thankfully no-one was hurt – well except for the bill payer’s wallet as fire doors can be costly to replace!
In another recent case we found standard door furniture being used instead of fire rated hardware, in the event of a fire, the door would not hold back the fire, a rated fire door will hold the fire for 30 to 60 minutes, allowing precious time to vacate the premises.
However, the worst case we have seen was a door marked as a fire door but it was no more than a standard door like an internal door in your home, without any fire rating and was more paper than wood. Very unlikely it would do an adequate job of holding back the fire!
These and a whole host of other reasons are why we are backing Fire Door Safety Week – Fire doors save lives but only if they are well maintained, are of the correct standard and damage is reported to a responsible person and repaired in a timely fashion.
Fire Door Inspections
At FTS we have a team of qualified inspectors who can visit your premises and conduct your annual inspection, we also have a team of qualified engineers who can carry out all the remedial work to ensure your fire doors protect you, your personnel and your property.
Call us on 0330 6600264 or email us on [email protected]
Until Next time…stay safe