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Fire Door Installation

Do i need fire doors?

Fire doors are required in almost all buildings. Whether you are managing an office building, a hospital, a school, a library or a large apartment complex, you will need several fire doors installed and maintained to ensure the safety of your building.

 

The principal regulations and instructions relating to fire doors is contained within the Building Regulations 2010 Approved Document B Volume 2, 2019 edition. This guidance covers where fire doors should be fitted and what level of fire resistance each fire door should have. Other factors to consider are door signage, ironmongery and if smoke and intumescent seals are to be installed.

 

Fire doors play an important role in the overall fire safety within a building. They must be of 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. Using just one wrong component may have a detrimental effect on the performance of the fire door in a real live fire situation. This is why it’s paramount that certified professionals, such as Prestige Fire Safety, install your fire doors.

What we do

Using our advanced Onetrace software, we upload a floorplan of the property so that we can pinpoint the exact location of the fire doors being installed. Once each fire door set has been installed, we print a unique ID label that is then attached to the door. This ID label corresponds with an ID number on the floorplan and once the project is complete, we generate a report showing exactly where the fire doors have been installed, including photos of the completed work. An O&M is produced that includes all test data for the door sets and the components used.

We can supply and install the following types of fire doors:

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  • Known for our superior service, Prestige offers a high-quality range of fire door solutions along with fire door installation and maintenance to ensure that your fire doors are fitted safely and to the highest industry standards.

    Our fully qualified carpenters are trained to the relevant industry standard and we also hold internationally recognised IFC Certification as an installer of passive fire protection systems. All fire door installations are certificated when complete, so you can have total peace of mind that they are legally compliant.

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Fire door maintenance

Fire doors should be checked and maintained at least once every six months by the fire safety responsible person. If the door is in a high traffic area or used frequently then they should be checked more regularly, such as once a week or once a month, as signs of wear will appear more quickly with increased use. Prestige can carry out a fire door survey to identify any signs of wear and tear or remedial work required to ensure that your fire doors are fully operational, and that your building is safe.

Fire Door Installation FAQs

A fire door is a specialized door designed to resist the spread of fire and smoke from one area to another within a building. There are several features that make a fire door effective at its job:

  1. Fire-rated construction: Fire doors are constructed with materials that are resistant to fire, such as steel, gypsum, and vermiculite. They are also equipped with intumescent strips around the edges of the door that expand when exposed to heat, helping to seal off any gaps between the door and the frame.
  2. Smoke and fire seals: Fire doors are fitted with smoke and fire seals that are designed to prevent the spread of smoke and flames. These seals can be made from a variety of materials, including intumescent material, silicone, or neoprene.
  3. Self-closing mechanism: Fire doors are designed to close automatically in the event of a fire, using either a spring-loaded hinge or a hydraulic closer. This helps to prevent the spread of smoke and flames by ensuring that the door is always closed when not in use.
  4. Testing and certification: To be considered a true fire door, the door must be tested and certified by an independent testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or the British Standards Institution (BSI). The door will be subjected to a series of tests, including a fire test, smoke test, and impact test, to ensure that it meets the required standards for fire resistance and performance.

Overall, a fire door is designed to provide a barrier against the spread of fire and smoke, helping to protect people and property in the event of a fire.

An incorrectly installed fire door may provide only 5-10 minutes of protection for the surrounding rooms. Correct installation is essential, so you should not attempt to install a fire door yourself, and should get a trained professional to install and certify the door for you.

To protect occupants of a building in the event of a fire, never lock or fasten fire exit doors in a way that could prevent them from being easily opened by a person who may use them during an emergency exit. Make sure these doors are easily openable from the inside of the building.

A fire door is more than just a door leaf. The door frame, hinges, ironmongery, seals, and the glass in vision panels must all be selected, from installation instructions, to ensure that the door assembly design is properly fire resistant and that all the components work when used in combination.

Never wedge open a fire door. They must always be closed to do the job they’re designed for. Your fire door will provide a minimum of 30 minutes’ protection from smoke and flames in a fire, but only if it’s closed. You can use certified hold open devices such as dorguards or a door closer that is connected to the fire alarm system.

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