Modern fire doors represent very real lifelines in the event that an emergency incident occurs within a building. These doors are modern, effective and if utilised in the proper manner, they can save lives. However, we also need to appreciate the importance of issues such as fire door maintenance and why a fire door inspection is critical from time to time. Fire Door Safety Week seeks to address these and other concerns. Taking place from 24 to 30 September, this informative programme seeks to highlight the critical nature of these doors as well as what steps need to be taken in order to ensure their reliability. Let’s take a look at some of the subjects that will be covered. 

Awareness

This is arguably the most important concern highlighted during Fire Door Safety Week. While these portals are critical in terms of functionality, they are also frequently overlooked. Poor installation and improper maintenance will quickly detract from the benefits that these doors can otherwise provide. Therefore, all participants are made aware of how to care for these doors. Whether a door is blocked, improperly labelled or propped open, owners and industry professionals need to be made aware of the appropriate regulations.

Regular Inspections

While fire doors are constructed from modern materials, the simple fact of the matter is that they still require thorough inspections to ensure their functionality over time. This is primarily the responsibility of business owners. They are required to examine the condition of all doors and if necessary, report any problems to the appropriate professionals. Well over three million fire doors are installed throughout the United Kingdom each year and regular inspections will make certain that they function properly when the moment arrives. 

Targeted Advice

This educational fire safety week also provides advice about which doors should be used within specific locations. Some of the categories which can be accessed by participants include:

  • Care homes
  • Offices and shops
  • Private rental housing
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Public buildings

It is important to note that these and other locations may be associated with different regulations. In order for landlords and similar stakeholders to adopt the appropriate techniques, it is critical to appreciate the roles that a fire door plays within each structure.

The Five-Step Fire Door Inspection

Another core component of this safety week involves providing the public with a quick checklist to make certain that all doors meet current specifications. These steps include:

  • 1. Making certain that the door possess the proper certification (a label is generally found on the top or the side).
  • 2. Checking for any gaps that are wider than the limit of four millimetres (these can allow smoke and flames to enter).
  • 3. Examining any and all instrumentation seals for any signs of wear and tear.
  • 4. Analysing hinges to determine whether any screws are missing or if rust is present. Hinges need to function properly during any emergency situation.
  • 5. Completely opening and closing the fire door. If the door does not shut properly, it is useless in the event of a fire.

The good news is that this simple checklist can be employed by anyone; helping to guarantee that the fire door will serve its ultimate purpose. 

Additional User-Friendly Advice

Adopting the proper fire door maintenance techniques involves being aware of rules regulations and other useful facts. The sponsors of Fire Door Safety Week have put together an amazingly diverse toolkit that addresses common issues. These include (but are not limited to) lesser-known facts about fire doors, safety reports, info graphics, banners and links to helpful social media sites. 

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