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  • 1- What is fire door inspection?
  • Fire door inspection is a systematic examination of the fire doors in a building to ensure that they meet the required safety standards and are able to perform their intended function in the event of a fire. The inspection includes an assessment of the door’s construction, fire resistance, hardware, seals, and overall condition.
  • 2- How much does a fire door inspection cost?
  • The cost of a fire door inspection varies depending on the size of the building, the number of fire doors, and the location. On average, a fire door inspection can cost anywhere from £100 to £500.
  • 3- What are the fire door inspection standards?
  • Fire door inspection standards are set by the Building Regulations and the British Standard BS 8214:2016, which outlines the requirements for fire doors and their components. The standards cover the materials, construction, and performance of fire doors, as well as the requirements for installation and maintenance.
  • 4- Do you have to be certified to inspect fire doors?
  • Yes, in order to inspect fire doors, you must be certified by a recognized organization. Like ProQual, City and Guilds, British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS).
  • 5- Are fire door inspections a legal requirement?
  • Yes, fire door inspections are a legal requirement in the UK. The Building Regulations require that fire doors be installed and maintained to a certain standard in order to ensure the safety of the building occupants.
  • 6- Can fire doors be repaired?
  • Yes, fire doors can be repaired if they are damaged, but the repair must be carried out by a qualified person to ensure that the door still meets the required standards. If the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to replace the door.
  • 7- Do fire doors need to be inspected?
  • Yes, fire doors need to be inspected regularly to ensure that they are functioning correctly and providing the required level of fire protection. Inspections should be carried out at least annually and after any major building works.
  • 8- Who can inspect a fire door?
  • A fire door inspector can be an individual who has been trained and certified by a recognized organisation, such as BAFE or FDIS. They must have the necessary skills and knowledge to assess the condition of fire doors and ensure that they meet the required standards.
  • 9- When must a fire door inspection be carried out?
  • A fire door inspection should be carried out annually and after any major building works. The frequency of the inspections may be determined by the local fire authority or building owner, depending on the size and use of the building.
  • 10- Are fire door inspections statutory?
  • Yes, fire door inspections are statutory, meaning that they are required by law. The Building Regulations require that fire doors be inspected regularly to ensure that they are functioning correctly and providing the required level of fire protection.
  • 11- Who is an approved fire door inspector?
  • An approved fire door inspector is a person who has been trained and certified by a recognized organisation, such as BAFE or FDIS. They have the necessary skills and knowledge to assess the condition of fire doors and ensure that they meet the required standards.
  • 12- How often are fire door inspections carried out?
  • Fire door inspections should be carried out at least annually and after any major building works. The frequency of the inspections may be determined by the local fire authority or building owner, depending on the size and use of the building.
  • 13- Where should fire doors be installed?
  • Fire doors should be installed in all buildings where fire separation is required, such as separating fire compartments, staircases, and corridors. Fire doors should also be installed in high-risk areas, such as kitchens, and in escape routes.
  • 14- Where are fire doors required in the UK?
  • In the UK, fire doors are required in all buildings where fire separation is required, such as separating fire compartments, staircases, and corridors. Fire doors should also be installed in high-risk areas, such as kitchens, and in escape routes.
  • 15- Where are fire doors needed?
  • Fire doors are needed in all buildings, particularly those with high risk areas such as kitchens, bedrooms, communal areas and escape routes. They are an essential part of a building’s fire safety strategy as they help to contain fire and smoke, preventing the spread of flames and allowing people to escape safely.
  • 16- Where are fire doors located?
  • Fire doors can be located in a variety of places within a building. They may be found at the entry to stairwells, near exits, or in areas where fire could spread quickly, such as near kitchens or boiler rooms.
  • 17- Where do fire doors need to be installed?
  • Fire doors need to be installed in accordance with building codes and regulations. They should be positioned in areas where there is a risk of fire or smoke spreading and should be securely attached to the building’s structure.
  • 18- How to tell if your door is a fire door?
  • To tell if a door is a fire door, look for a label or marking that indicates it has been tested and certified by a third-party testing organisation. Some common markings include “FD30” or “FD60,” which indicate the door has been tested to withstand fire for 30 or 60 minutes, respectively. Additionally, fire doors will often have specific hardware, such as self-closing hinges, that is designed to maintain the door’s fire-resistance.

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    Frequently asked questions:

    Our 30 minute fire doors (FD30) are 44mm thick

    Our 60 minute fire doors (FD60) are 54mm thick

    The amount that can be removed from the edges of a fire door differs from one door to the next and depends on several factors, including the exact materials used during construction and guidelines from the fire rating certificate. Accurate trimming information can only be provided by the manufacturer on a case-by-case basis after the door has been completed.

    There are no set rules that detail how long a fire door lasts before it needs to be replaced. The condition of the door should be monitored and checked at least every 6 months to ensure it is in good working order. Fire doors should comply with the latest fire door regulations and so it is important to keep up to date with any changes in regulations which may mean your doors are no longer fit for purpose.

    All our fire doors satisfy the DDA regulations.

    In order to calculate the weight of a fire door you will need to know the weight per square meter (kg/m2) of the doors core. This is determined using the thickness of the door as follows: 44mm = 55kg 54mm = 75kg The calculation below can be used to determine the approximate weight of the fire door. Please note that the calculation does not take glass weight into account. Width X height X thickness X kg/m2 of the door's core = Weight of fire door. For example for a door that was 926x2040mm with a thickness of 44mm the following calculation would give an approximate weight: 0.926 X 2.040 X 0.44 X 55 = 45 KG.

    Yes, fire door seals can be fitted to either the door or the frame Double doors or door and a half fire doors will need to have fire door seals fitted to the door to ensure that the gap between each leaf is taken into consideration.

    The closing force rating of fire door closers, also called "power size", relates to the maximum width and weight of fire doors that the door closer can reliably close and hold closed.

    Whilst it is possible to fit self closing hinges to a fire door, Safelincs does not recommend their use as they slam the door quickly.

    Fire doors should never be propped or wedged open as the fire door would not be able to close in the event of a fire. A safe and legal solution to holding open fire doors is to install a fire door holder also known as a retainer. Fire door retainers can be easily installed onto existing doors and allow the door to be held open at any angle. They comply with regulations because when the fire alarm sounds, the door retainer releases the fire door to close, preventing the spread of fire. Fire doors should never be propped or wedged open to improve ventilation.

    Cutting the bottom off a fire door could threaten the integrity of your fire door and could put lives at risk. If you need to increase air circulation in your building the best option is to hold your fire door open with a fire door holder or free-swing door closer. These are legal solutions that enable a fire door to be left open but will activate the automatic closing of the fire door on the sounding of fire alarm, preventing the spread of smoke and fire.

    Yes, in some cases you can make alterations to your fire door, however these alterations can only be done if they remain within the scope of the fire door's Certifire Approal documents. For example when a fire rated door viewer or intumescent letterbox / letter plate is required. This information should also be detailed in the installation and maintenance instructions supplied with each door leaf. It is critical that any changes made to a fire door is done so following the manufacturer’s instructions, by a trained professional, and with certified hardware to ensure that the performance of the door, and it’s associated certification, is not compromised. BWF-Certifire have created a guide on how to ensure you retain your Fire Door Certification when considering making alterations.

    Yes, intumescent fire seals are required on all fire doors. Newer doors and frames have a channel cut into them for rebated seals (if not supplied with seals already in place). For older doors, surface-mounted seals can be used instead. Please note: some of our seals have brushes on them, which are designed to block the spread of smoke around the door before ambient heat has caused the intumescent seals to expand and fill any gaps – these are usually required on doors, so make sure a competent person has performed the appropriate fire risk assessments or fire door inspections before purchasing.

    Fire doors must be used in walls which form the compartmentation of the premises – specific areas within the building that are constructed to be fire-resistant. These may be individual rooms, but could also contain multiple rooms or might be vertical risers and lift shafts. Fire-rated doors are not required for walls not part of a compartment boundary. Additional fire doors can be installed in place of normal doors, but they would provide minimal protection as the walls around them may not be constructed of especially fire-resistant materials and could burn through while the fire door remains intact. There is a risk of occupants gaining a false sense of security if fire doors are installed in non-compartment walls, so this should only be done under the guidance of a proper fire risk assessment conducted by a competent person. Please consult the original building plans, if available, to determine where your premises' fire compartments are, or otherwise have a competent person perform a fire risk assessment or fire door inspection.

    Regulations state that fire doors should self-close completely and reliably. They do not however need to bang or slam shut. The reason for the slamming is usually due to the fire door closer having an incorrect closing speed or power size. Many self-closing devices can be adjusted so that the door will close correctly without slamming shut. Other issues including a loss of fluid or improper fitting could be causing the issue. It is also possible to fit self-closing devices with a latching action which close the door quickly at first and then stop it from slamming by closing the last few inches slowly. It is advisable to have your fire door closer maintained and altered by a competent person.