Reminder to check fire doors

Fire doors play a crucial role in preventing the spread of fire and smoke within buildings. The Fire Safety Act 2021 clarified the importance of flat entrance doors in fire risk assessments mandated by the Fire Safety Order. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 require regular checks to ensure that fire doors, including flat entrance doors, are in efficient working order and properly maintained. These checks are essential to ensure that fire doors meet the required standard to effectively prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

Here’s a breakdown of key points regarding fire doors and their maintenance:

  1. Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022: These regulations, implemented on January 23, 2023, are based on recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report. They require Responsible Persons, including building owners and those with control of premises, to comply with fire safety standards to protect residents from the risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire.
  2. Purpose of the Guide: This guide aims to assist those with duties under the Fire Safety (England) Regulations, particularly Regulation 10, which addresses fire doors in buildings with two or more domestic premises and common parts.
  3. Types of Fire Doors: Fire doors within buildings typically fall into four categories: flat entrance doors, doors to stairways and lobbies, doors that sub-divide corridors, and doors to plant rooms and service risers.
  4. Information for Residents: Responsible Persons must provide residents with essential information about fire doors, including keeping doors shut when not in use, not tampering with self-closing devices, and reporting any faults or damage promptly.
  5. Routine Checking of Fire Doors: Regulation 10 requires regular checks of fire doors, especially if the building is more than four storeys tall. These checks should be conducted at least every 12 months for flat entrance doors and every three months for doors in communal areas.
  6. Checklist for Fire Door Maintenance: Responsible Persons should ensure that fire doors meet certain criteria, including proper installation, intact intumescent strips and smoke seals, absence of damage or defects, correct door-to-frame gap size, and functioning self-closing devices.
  7. Record Keeping: Records of fire door checks should be maintained, detailing steps taken to check doors and any instances where access to a flat was not granted.
  8. Resident Involvement: Residents should cooperate with fire door checks and seek approval from the Responsible Person before making alterations to their flat entrance doors.
  9. Professional Assistance: While routine checks can be carried out by caretakers or maintenance personnel, repairs or replacements should be undertaken by competent contractors.

Regular maintenance and checks of fire doors are essential for ensuring the safety of residents in buildings. While this guide provides basic instructions for fire door checks, periodic assessment by fire safety specialists is also recommended to address more complex issues.

Seer also Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats due to be revised this year.



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