Fire Door Survey

By law the responsible person for a premises must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which covers a building’s fire safety provisions. Regular inspections of fire doors are required to keep the standard of fire safety in buildings, as stated in BS8214 and BS9999.

Fire doors form an integral part of a building’s passive fire protection and are essential to a safe work environment. Fire doors help prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building giving people valuable time to escape in an emergency situation. They also help protect the property and neighbouring buildings.

Fire doors are often overlooked as they form part of the fabric of the building and it’s easy to forget that they are an essential part of the fire protection, and as they are often in use day in, day out, they are therefore susceptible to wear and tear and damage which compromises the quality of the fire protection they provide.

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Our fire door surveys are carried out by our team of qualified surveyors, they will take a systematic and structured approach working through your building fire door by fire door, collecting information, taking photographs and making recommendations which will culminate in a thorough feedback report with action plan for how to rectify any defects identified. The surveyor’s assessment will include:

  • Review of fire strategy plan / compartmentation drawings to verify all fire doors

  • Check the certification of the doors

  • Check door frame, leaf and self closing devices

  • Check hinges, screws, locks, levers and handles

  • Check glazing

  • Check intumescent strips and cold smoke seals

  • Check fire safety signage

  • Check hold open devices

  • Check gaps around the doors and threshold gaps

  • Check whether doors close properly

  • Check panic hardware devices for external final exit doors

  • Check for any obstructions and ability to open in a controlled manner

This thorough, detailed and easy to read report is invaluable to you as the responsible person when implementing your ongoing maintenance plans for your building, but is also of great benefit to your fire risk assessor and also any Fire Safety Enforcement Officers who may visit your premises.

Bi-annual inspections are recommended by BS 9999 but it is also important that daily, weekly and monthly visual checks of the fire doors are undertaken as part of your regular routine fire, health and safety checks to pick up and address potential issues quickly.

Please note: we carry out fire door surveys in commercial premises only.

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Frequently asked questions

Fire doors save lives! They give people valuable time to evacuate in the event of an emergency. They protect escape routes on stairs and corridors and slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building. They assist in preventing the start of a fire by keeping hazards, ie. an ignition point and a potential fuel source separated from each other. They also allow firefighters to extinguish the fire as safely as possible.

Fire doors, once installed by a qualified technician must not be altered in any way, such as cutting in vision panels, attaching additional door furniture or adornments, making holes or ‘patching up’ if broken, once the fire door integrity has been compromised the entire door may need replacing.

Also, you should never disconnect the fire door closer. It’s essential to the functioning of the fire door that it is kept closed in case of fire. Also, doors should not be propped/wedged open or blocked, whether intentionally or inadvertently.

The British Woodworking Federation have created this handy infographic to assist with what to look for when carrying out routine checks of your fire doors.

The cost for the fire door survey and report carried out by one of our qualified surveyors is very much dependent upon how many fire doors are in your building/s. As with all our services we offer a fully inclusive cost with no hidden extras. Please get in touch and we would be happy to prepare a free quotation for you to consider.

Unfortunately we only carry out fire door surveys in commercial premises.

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