The Importance of Fire Doors


Do you own, manage or work in a building, if the answer is yes, it’s essential that you follow the necessary health and safety regulations to protect your building and its occupants, whilst meeting with the current fire safety legislation, we all have a duty of care and should not presume someone else is taking care of Fire Door Safety.

Do you need to find out more about the current legislation or require training, if so you can view the government’s Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or the Means of Escape website, which you can click through from here to their websites. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 details the need for proper fire doors to be installed in public buildings and places of work and the Means Of Escape website has lots of information and where to go for specific advice and products.

Does your Building have an upto date Fire Safety Plan

All buildings must have a comprehensive and upto date fire safety plan informed by an extensive risk assessment carried out by a qualified company, which when completed will highlight any areas of concern, which GMC Projects can help you in regards to any Fire Door Requirements needed thereafter. The risk assessment will also let you know what other improvements need to be made to your building and ensure that all occupants know the fire safety policy and evacuation procedures in the event of a fire.

Fire Safety Equipment

By law, all buildings need to incorporate adequate active fire safety protection equipment, such as the correct fire extinguishers and fire blankets. This equipment must also be regularly maintained to ensure that is it in proper working order at all times. Fire and smoke alarms are also required in areas which have been identified by the risk assessment and in line with current regulations.

Correctly Fitted Fire Doors

GMC Projects believe the most important pieces of ‘fire safety equipment’ within the building is the fire door, but I suppose we would as we are extremely passionate about fire safety in particular correctly fitting fire doors, as the correct ‘fitting’ of Fire Doors is often overlooked and neglected by the buildings owner or manager. Many Building Managers and Facilities Managers often presume that as long as the door actually shuts, the Fire Door is fit for purpose, generally this approach will not take into account if the door is the right size for the frame, the gaps are too big, the closer does not work or there are Intumescent seals missing. If this is the case then they are leaving the spread of fire to chance and therefore also the lives of those contained in the building, if a fire did break out.

Fire doors fitted must meet stringent standards and be specifically designed for the building and requirements identified either in the planning stage or by the Fire Risk Assessment. However, the problem that is seen in many buildings, is that the fire doors are left open or worst still, propped open – If a fire door is left open then it sole purpose is completely compromised and it will not protect the property or public areas that it is meant to do from fire. If you feel the need to prop or wedge open a Fire Door, then use a Dorguard with your traditional door closer or fit a Freedor Closer, which in the event of a Fire Alarm sounding, will engage and shut the door.

When it comes to fire protection there is nothing as good as a fire door in terms of fire protection, so in comparison with getting your fire doors inspected, maintained and correctly installed by a Third Party Certified Fire Door Installer and the costs associated with this, it is only a small price to pay to save lives & property, should the building have the misfortune to catch fire. GMC Projects believe it is not hard to see why you should invest in the correct fire doors and fire door maintenance and carrying out this sooner rather than later is the right choice to make.

What does a Fire Door do, how does it work?

A fire door works by sectioning the building into compartments which prevents the spread of fire if it breaks out along with any fire rated walls & ceilings. A fire door will have a fire resistance time- FD30, FD60, FD90, FD120 and which type will depend on the use of the building and the architects design as well as any new Fire Risk assessment carried out. As a standard a fire door will at least give 30 minutes protection and will have an S after the number to inform wether the door needs to be smoke seal. Once an appropriate fire door inspection has been completed, the fire doors must be professionally maintained and installed to meet fire safety standards.

Ensuring the safety of your building and the people contained within it is a priority to save lives & property, read more about our services on our website www.gmcprojects.co.uk or contact us today for a no obligation quote.


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