Fire door maintenance
A regular fire door inspection is recommended to ensure the safety of your property and people. In most cases a bi-annual inspection is recommended to monitor any wear, allowing for replacement of parts, although where doors are used more heavily, there should be an increased frequency of inspection, on which FourLeaf can advise.
While bi-annual inspections are a recommendation by BS 9999, it is also important that daily and monthly visual inspections are made to check for any potential problems.
Daily checks should include visual inspection of and testing of automatic release mechanisms.
Monthly checks include: testing the fail-safe mechanisms for automatic doors; testing the operation of hold-open devices under a simulated loss of power or fire alarm; and testing the correct operation of panic hardware on emergency and panic doors.
Regular inspections and checks should be recorded and dated by the responsible person with repair or replacement of faulty doors taking place as a priority with any such repairs recorded.
This simple ten-point checklist gives an overview of what to consider when inspecting your company’s fire doors.
1. Are your fire doors certificated (label or plug)?
2. Are the gaps between the leaf and frame 3mm (+/- 1mm)?
3. Are the intumescent/cold smoke seals damaged or missing?
4. Are the hinges all firmly fixed with no screws missing?
5. Do all handles and panic hardware operates correctly?
6. Are the doors able to close in a controlled manner and are they free from obstruction?
7. Do door selectors operate correctly?
8. Is the glass secure in the frame?
9. Do the doors display the correct signage and is it legible?
10. Have your doors been inspected by a trained industry professional?
It’s worth noting that if the leaf is an FD its threshold gap (bottom rail) can be no greater than 8mm, and if the leaf is a FD(30/60)S, it’s threshold gap can be no greater than 3mm.