Fire door installation and regulations explained
When installing or maintaining a fire door, it’s imperative that you are up-to-date on the latest regulations.
The law on fire door safety is complex and often confusing. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) was introduced to replace more than 100 pieces of existing legislation with the aim of simplifying the law on fire safety.
Building owners have a legal duty to comply with the RRO.
Failing to comply with the Fire Safety Order can put lives and property at risk and could result in a criminal prosecution.
- Building owners, landlords, head teachers, estates managers and many other people now are legally responsible for fire safety
- They have to appoint a ‘responsible person’ for each building
- This person has to ensure that an annual fire risk assessment is carried out and in most cases, documented
- The risk assessment has to demonstrate that adequate attention has been paid to all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire measures; signage; means of escape; and evacuation procedures
- Where in-depth knowledge is lacking, the responsible person has a duty to engage someone with the relevant expertise to be able to implement or advise on key areas
Under the Fire Safety Order, the responsibility for maintaining fire safety in non-domestic buildings falls to the responsible person.
By law, you are required to nominate a responsible person if you are:
- Responsible for business premises
- An employer or self-employed with business premises
- Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
- A charity or voluntary organisation
- A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
- Providing accommodation to paying guests
The responsible person must:
- Ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is carried out
- Implement and maintain a fire management plan
Part of this risk assessment and fire management plan must consider the safe installation, maintenance and inspection of fire doors.
The person responsible for fire safety in Scotland is called the ‘duty holder’, while in Northern Ireland they are known as the ‘appropriate person’. However, the duties of this person, regardless of country, are the same: to carry out the fire risk assessment and ensure the safety of anyone using their premises.
How often should fire doors be maintained?
Every six months, to ensure that fire safety devices are correctly maintained and fit-for-purpose.
Timmins Group are Firas accredited to carry out surveys, to maintain and to install timber fire door systems and to certificate on completion. This is particularly important as we work in education, local and civil government and office environments which are required to carry out regular fire door maintenance.