Building regulations: fire doors

Fire doors are essential to the safety of all buildings.

Their specification, installation and maintenance majorly impacts the safety of everyone in that building.

Fire doors comprise of multiple components – the door leaf, frame, seals and hardware – which all impact its performance in the event of a fire.

When a fire door is professionally installed, it’s essential that the information on the door’s components is understood by the person responsible for the safety of the building; and details of future inspections and maintenance work which may be required.


The individual named as the one responsible for the building and its fire safety should have details of:

  • Escape routes
  • Compartmentation and separation
  • Fire doors, self-closing doors and other doors with hardware
  • Specifications of fire safety equipment, maintenance and inspections
  • Fire assembly points and safety arrangements regarding building management


See The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The guide has been designed to prevent fire and reduce the risk.



How do fire doors prevent a fire from spreading?

Fire doors are designed to contain a fire to a single compartment of a building, therefore reducing the risk of fire spreading within other compartments.


How do I know if a fire door complies to fire safety regulations?

A fire door should only be installed with certificated components. And then regularly maintained. A schedule should be included within a risk assessment.

Review and complete the checklist every six months for low usage buildings and every three months for high usage buildings.


H Timmins Group are Firas accredited to install timber fire door systems in public buildings. We will survey, install and certify installations to industry regulations.