Published 30th April 2018
In a commercial or non-domestic property, there must always be someone who is considered the ‘responsible person’. It’s this person's duty of care to ensure…Read more
Fire doors are an essential part of the fire safety protocol in many buildings and form an important part of any passive fire protection strategy. However, it’s important that you ensure they work correctly in order to be fully effective.
What does a fire door do?
Fire doors serve a number of purposes, such as protecting escape routes on stairs and corridors, slowing the spread of a fire, separation fire hazards and providing places of relative safety. A fire door can give people valuable time to evacuate in the event of an emergency and prevent a fire altogether by ensuring hazards, such as an ignition point and potential fuel source can’t come into contact.
A 5-step check for fire doors
This simple 5-step check should tell you if your fire doors are up to standard:
Fire doors – what not to do
Like any piece of fire safety equipment, a fire door should be installed by a qualified technician. They’re not like normal doors and if installed like one can be useless in the event of a fire. Similarly, you should not alter your fire door in any way, such as cutting vision holes or patching up if broken, once compromised it may need replacing.
You should never disconnect the fire door closer. It’s essential to the integrity of the door that it’s closed in the event of a fire. Also, ensure that the door has not been propped open or blocked, whether on purpose or inadvertently.
Walker Fire can help
Call us on 0800 731 3630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free site survey and receive a no obligation quote for your business’s premises.