Fire doors

Porter Fire provides fire door inspections and remedial works to safeguard escape routes from smoke in the event of emergency evacuation.

In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire door installation and maintenance is a key requirement for every business and establishment to which the Order applies.

In the event of a fire, when used as part of the passive fire protection of the building, a well maintained and fully operational fire door will help prevent the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and enable occupants to escape safely from the building.

Porter Fire works with customers to ensure their fire doors will be effective in the event of an emergency. We are able to offer servicing, repair and replacement with little disruption to your business.

Further Information

Maintenance of Fire Doors

• 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 Porter Fire can advise.
• While bi-annual inspections are a recommendation by BS9999, 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 door and frame 3-4mm?
  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 operate 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?

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