Fire door inspections are a critical element of any fire safety strategy, and should never be overlooked. These inspections are not just a regulatory requirement; they are an important practice to ensure that in the event of a fire, the spread is contained, and occupants have the necessary time to evacuate safely.

Why is it important to regularly inspect fire doors?

Fire doors are designed to resist the spread of fire and smoke for a specified period. However, their effectiveness can be compromised over time due to wear and tear, damage, or improper maintenance. Regular inspections help identify issues that could impede the door’s performance in an emergency.

What needs to be checked during a fire door inspection?

Inspectors will look for;
• Certification
• That the door fully closes
• There are the right size gaps between the door leaf and the door frame.
• The door frame is firmly attached and free from damage.
• Seals are fitted properly and free from damage.
• Hinges are functioning.
• The door closer works correctly.
• Hold open devices are in good working order.
• The door is damage free.
• The latch works correctly.

Any deficiencies found during an inspection must be addressed promptly to maintain the integrity of the fire safety system.

How often do fire doors need to be checked?

It is recommended to get your fire doors checked every 6 months but more frequently for busy buildings. It is advisable to add fire door inspections to your regular fire risk assessment checks.

Are fire door inspections a legal requirement?

Yes, it is a legal requirement for businesses to ensure that fire doors are correctly installed and maintained in their buildings.

How can Equiptest help you?

Fire door inspections are a vital part of a building’s fire protection strategy. By conducting regular and thorough inspections, you can significantly reduce the risk of fire-related incidents and ensure a safer environment for everyone

Our trained staff can thoroughly test your fire doors to give you peace of mind.

Contact us now to find out more.