5 Step Check – Fire Door Safety Week
Use These 5 Simple Steps To Check The Safety Of Your Fire Door #FireDoorSafetyWeek
As we commence #FireDoorSafetyWeek (24th September – 1st October), the BWF Fire Door Alliance has released a simple 5 Step Check in which you can use to see if your fire doors meet safety regulations.
In this post we will outline the 5 steps and cover why each one is an important indicator as to whether or not your fire door is truly safe. We will also highlight a few products from our extensive range of hardware & ironmongery that can be used to replace faulty or low quality components (e.g. hinges and intumescent seals).
The Fire Door 5-Step-Check
1. Check For Certification
Every fire door must have a label or a plug to prove that it is a properly certified fire door, and reaches the standards required to protect the building, and more importantly, the staff. If this certificate is missing, report to whoever is in charge of the building, or the fire door supplier for more information.
2. Check The Gaps
Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when closed. The gap under the door can be slightly larger (up to 8mm usually), but it does depend on the door. If you can see light under the door, the gap is likely to be too big meaning smoke and flames could potentially pass through the gaps.
3. Check The Seals
It is vital to check if there are any intumescent seals around the door or frame, and if so are they intact with no sign of damage? These seals are usually vital to the fire door’s performance, expanding if in contact with heat to ensure fire and smoke isn’t able to move through the cracks. If there is any visible issues with the seals on the door report it – the door may not be properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not protect for a sufficient amount of time.
4. Check The Hinges
There should always be at least three hinges on a fire door. Check the hinges to make sure that they are properly secured to the door, and that all the screws are present. Missing or badly fitted hinges could affect the performance of your fire door, and give less time for staff to evacuate the building.
If you see any problems report it – the door may not be properly maintained and in the intensity of a fire may not perform and hold back the fire as required to.
5. Check The Door Closes Properly
Check how the door closes to ensure that it works properly. If a high quality fire door is opened and let go, it should automatically close by itself by use of a door closer, without anyone needing to push it closed.
Make sure that the door properly latches, and that the door fits properly in the frame. A half open fire door, or one that doesn’t shut completely will not do its job in a fire.
Our Recommended Products
Fire safety saves lives. It is important to use properly certified fire-rated components to ensure your Fire Door meets regulations and ultimately so that it does it’s job in the event of a fire! Discover our high quality and approved range of products to help you meet fire safety regulations – from fire protection equipment to fire-rated products and accessories.
If you have any further enquiries, get in touch with one of our expert advisers on 01733 347348 and we will do everything possible to help