Fire doors form a critical element of a buildings overall fire safety arrangements. They restrict the spread of fire and smoke, which helps keep escape routes safe and passable for occupants and responding firefighters alike, but they can only do this if they are in good working order and free from any significant damage or wear & tear.
The Fire Safety Order 2005 and the Fire Safety Act 2021 place a duty on Responsible Persons to carry out routine fire door checks, and while these checks don’t require any specialist skills, those carrying out the checks need to know what is acceptable and what constitutes a significant failing.
The frequency of inspections depends on the building’s height and occupancy type. For example, fire doors in the common parts of residential buildings, that are eleven meters or more in height, need to be checked on a quarterly basis, while the entrance doors to the flats should be checked annually.
Fire doors in other types of building also need to be checked regularly, but not necessarily as often.
Competency of Inspectors
Our fire door inspectors are trained to a level that is commensurate with the type of inspection tasks that they are required to undertake, and the responsibilities placed on them as competent persons under article 18. (1) of the fire safety order 2005. So, our inspectors who carry out fire door compliance audits against current standards (which is a much more rigorous inspection than is required under legislative requirements), all hold the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) National diploma.
The output from our inspections is a digitized report, listing the doors that were inspected and the findings of each inspection. This can be added to the buildings fire safety log and used to demonstrate due diligence and compliance with legislative requirements.
We are able to provide a quotation to undertake any maintenance works necessary to bring your failed fire doors back to required standards. This applies not only to failings detailed in our inspection reports but also those highlighted by your existing fire risk assessment.