It’s Fire Door Safety Week on 20th-26th September 2021

Posted on 20 September 2021

Pyro Fire is proud to pledge their support for this year’s Fire Door Safety Week 2021, as it runs again from 20th-26th September 2021.

All landlords and business owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises, and the people that use them, are appropriately protected against fire. From regular maintenance to fire risk assessments, it is vital to ensure fire safety measures are taken seriously.

Fire doors hold a vital role in the fire protection of a building. They are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases in the event of a fire. Fire resisting doors are different to normal doors, in that they are specifically designed and tested to provide fire resisting properties. Generally, fire doors are made of wood or steel.

Why are Fire Doors important?

There are two main benefits of fire safety doors:

Increased Safety: Fire doors allow for quick evacuation of people and their belongings, and to allow the fire service to fight a fire.

Reduced Damage: Fire doors reduce the rate of fire damage to a building.

The minimum period fire doors can tolerate fire is 20 minutes.

More than just the door

Whilst a fire door itself is built for long endurance in case of a fire, the door frame should be of equal high quality. Whilst your fire doors maybe up to standard, a failing frame will compromise its integrity. The hinges should also match up with the quality of the fire rated door. Soundproofing is also another advantage of fire doors, which increases their performance and efficiency.

A high-quality fire rated door is only as effective as its installation. When choosing a fire door provider, you need to ensure the installer has the specifications needed and an experienced expert will help to guide you in making a sound purchase decision.

Are your Fire Doors fit for purpose?

Fire doors are only effective if they are maintained to the highest standards and are fit to perform their intended function in the event of a fire outbreak. To ensure the safety of a building’s occupants, you must regularly check all fire doors.

Note: Whilst your fire doors need to be assessed periodically by a fire safety expert, your business also has a responsibility to check for any faults and damage on a more regular basis.

Did you know 53% of people don’t know how to spot a dodgy fire door?

Maintaining Fire Doors

Maintaining your fire doors is fairly straightforward, as long as you’re following the checks outlined above.

All fire rated doors must be installed in the correct manner and properly maintained according to the The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order.

Regular Surveys

On top of your own safety checks, we strongly urge companies to have the condition of their fire doors periodically checked (roughly every six months or once a quarter) by a qualified fire safety assessor

You can find more about Fire Door Surveys from Pyro Fire Services here

When to upgrade to Fire Resisting Doors?

Even if you are up to date on all of your fire safety regulations, there may be times when you consider replacing or upgrading your fire-resistant doors.

• Existing doors may not be fit for purpose
They may be old or damaged due to general wear and tear

• Moved Buildings
If you’ve moved or are renovating an older property, check existing fire doors meet current building regulations and fire safety standards

• Extending Premises
If you’ve built an extension that changes the overall layout of the building, you may be required to revaluate the position of your existing fire doors and also add additional doors too

• Building Changing Use
If you’re looking to change the use of a building, this will require fire safety measures to be put into place

Holding Fire Doors Open
When a fire door is held open, or is faulty, fire can quickly pass through a building, blocking escape routes and endangering lives. However, it is sometimes necessary to hold them open for practical reasons such as easing access and increasing ventilation.

Legally, a building’s fire doors MUST be self-closing to ensure it can act as a barrier that stops the spread of smoke and fire.

Wedging open fire doors with a wooden wedge will put everyone in the building at risk. This is because the door will not automatically close if it is held open this way.

If for some reason you need to hold a fire door open, it must have a device installed to release the door, so that it will close upon activation of the fire alarm system. Fire door retainers can be fitted hygienically to the top of a door and use a magnet to hold them open, the magnet will release in the event of a fire.

What can we offer?

Since the uncovering of drastic failings of passive fire protection in various building fires, the importance for suitable checks of passive fire protection has been significantly highlighted

If you would like more information regarding fire door safety or want book a fire door survey with a competent qualified fire door surveyorplease get in touch. Or, click here to obtain an instant quote online.

Depending on the number of doors, prices start from £10 per door for a full inspection report from a qualified surveyor for businesses throughout nationwide. This also includes free 12 months access to our risk management system, HASAD, where you can view properties, audit reports, download live progress reports as well as manage and action individual risks.

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