Fire Door Survey
What is a fire door survey?
Fire door surveys are a robust fire protection measure which is an integral part of any fire maintenance and fire safety system in any building.
Fire doors help slow spread of fire and smoke through a building. They not only protect lives, but also protect the property and any neighbouring buildings. Fire doors only work, however, if they are properly installed and maintained. A fire door survey is a regular part of fire risk assessments and fire compartmentation surveys in any building. Fire doors are a necessary addition to any building that houses more than 5 people at a time, such as schools, hospitals, offices, care homes, and large apartment buildings. However, it’s not enough to just have fire doors installed. Whether they are metal or wood fire doors they need to be regularly checked and assessed to make sure that they are in full working condition.
What we do?
Fire doors are required in almost all buildings. The principal regulations and instructions relating to fire doors is contained within the Building Regulations 2010 Approved Document B Volume 2, 2019 edition. Fire doors play an important and vital role in the overall fire safety within a building. They must be made to the correct specification, installed to the required standard and maintained thereafter for the ongoing safety of all the occupants of the building.
A fire door assembly not only includes the door leaf, but also the frame, doorstops, seals, hinges, and hardware. If just one of these components becomes worn or faulty, it may have a detrimental effect on the performance of the fire door in the case of a fire.
At Prestige Fire Safety, we have a team of fully qualified fire door inspectors who will scrutinise all aspects of your fire doors to ensure they are in good working order. The BWF-CERTFIRE Best Practice Guide recommends that fire door surveys/inspections are carried out every 6 months. You can have your fire door surveys carried out while you carry out your regular fire compartmentation surveys and fire risk assessments.
Using Onetrace fire door survey software, we upload a floorplan of your property so that we can pinpoint the exact location of the fire doors being inspected. Once each set of fire doors have been checked, we print a unique ID label that is then attached to the door. This ID label corresponds with an ID number on the floor plan and once the project is complete, we generate a report showing exactly where the fire doors are that have been included in the fire door survey, including photos of the completed work and details of any recommended remedial work that might need to be carried out.
We can help you create a safety plan of action when it comes to your fire doors and fire risk assessments, so that you can ensure your building and its residents are safe and protected in the event of a fire. Whether you need fire door surveys for schools, fire door surveys for hospitals or fire door surveys for offices, we are at your service.
If you need your fire doors inspected in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and the surrounding areas of East Anglia, do not hesitate to get in touch to book your fire door survey. If your survey is urgent, please call us on 01353 820150.
How much does a Fire Door Survey cost?
The cost of our fire door surveys varies depending on the size of your property and therefore the complexity of the task and the amount of time it will take for us to inspect all your fire doors properly and accurately. Please get in touch with us for an accurate quotation.
Fire Door Survey FAQs
Fire door surveys are a legal requirement for flats which open up onto communal areas shared with other tenants, or in communal buildings such as hospitals, restaurant kitchens, schools and care homes.
Some fire door inspection key points we look out for are:
- Checking to see that the door is closing ‘to latch’ automatically
- Ensuring that the smoke seals are in place and are undamaged
- Checking that there are no penetrations or damage to the door
- Checking that the three hinges are secure and in good working condition
- Checking the gaps between the door and frame – generally there should be less than 4mm at the top and sides, and less than 8mm at the bottom of the door, however, this is dependent on the manufacturers test details for the specific door
- Checking the certification – all fire doors will have a plug or label on the top to indicate that they are a fully certified fire door
The person who is responsible for the day-to-day control of the premises must ensure that the fire doors are inspected regularly and maintained correctly. This may be the landlord, business owner or building manager.
We recommend that you get your fire doors surveyed every six months to ensure that they are still in full working order and that your building is properly protected in case of a fire.
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