The Legal Responsibility of Fire Doors

Fire doors are a prime example of an effective passive fire protection method used to help contain and slow down the spreading of fire and smoke. Because of this, Fire doors are considered a vital part of a building’s fabric, allowing the building to be divided up into fire departments, yet Is one of the most commonly neglected areas when it comes to carrying out fire safety assessments. Despite this, Fire doors are required in Non-domestic buildings such as; Schools, Hospitals and Offices.

Regulations and standards are put in place to ensure that the fire doors are operative and fit for purpose. Regulations such as article 17 of the Fire Safety Order, places a legal obligation onto the owners of the building and their contractors to make sure they have ‘a suitable maintenance regime to ensure relevant equipment is kept in an efficient state’. Whilst the location and rating of Fire doors will be based on a Fire Risk Assessment which must be carried out by a qualified competent individual and comply with British or European Standards

All fire-doors should come with a certificate of performance, this will not only prove that the door is a fire door but also show that the door has been tested by and independent organisations in accordance to the British or European Standards.

There are essential checks that should be conducted on fire doors, such as; checking for general wear and tear which may occur over time, gaps may become present as the building natural moves and settles, if this does occur, the gaps shouldn’t be wider then 3mm. A minimum of 3 door hinges should be on a fire door, all of which need to be well fitted and in good working order.

Timmins Group can provide all your maintenance requirements in relation to timber fire doors, making sure they are up to present legislation, this includes refurbishing ironmongery, modifying the fire door, installation of vision panels, ease & adjusting, replacement and installation of cold smoke seals and intumescent strips and checking all gaps and intumescent strips are fitted behind hinges.

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