Fire doors are usually the first line of defence in premises against the spread of smoke and fire. That is why it is important that they are maintained and checked on a regular basis. Here are five simple fire door checks you can undertake on a regular basis that will ensure your fire doors are safe. Read our 5 step fire door checklist and ensure you are compliant…
Fire Door Checklist Step 1 – Certification
Check for a label on the top or side of the door. Without this certification mark, you can’t be sure it is actually a fire door. You can use a mirror or camera phone if it is hard to see.
Fire Door Checklist Step 2 – Gaps
Check that the gaps around the door are less than 4mm when the door is closed. The gap beneath the door can be a little larger (up to 8mm). Ideally, you should not be able to see any light under the door. If the gaps are too big, smoke and fire could travel through them. Use a one pound coin to get a feel for scale; they are about 3mm in thickness.
Fire Door Checklist Step 3 – Seals
Check the intumescent seals around the door or frame are intact. They will expand if they come into contact with heat, to stop the fire smoke getting through.
Fire Door Checklist Step 4 – Hinges
Check hinges are firmly fixed and that there are at least three of them. If the door has not been properly maintained, in the intensity of fire, it will not perform properly.
Fire Door Checklist Step 5 – Closure
Check the door closes onto the latch firmly without sticking. A fire door only works properly when closed. To test it, open it about half way and let it close by itself.
RV Fire Systems Fire Door Checklist
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