The 5-Step Fire Door Checklist

A fire door is one of the most important installations that you will ever invest in. After all, the peace of mind and protection that they provide in both the event of a fire and the absence of one cannot be understated. With this said, it is important to ensure that your fire doors are given regular and high quality maintenance in order to guarantee that they are in a safe working condition. In fact, it may even be beneficial to conduct small checks yourself between professional ones and our checklist will tell you exactly what to look for…
  1. Certification
A fire door that has been installed by a respectable company should have some kind of certification sticker on it. It is important that you ensure that fire doors that have already been installed in a building have this sticker as they may be phoneys that will be useless in the event of a fire.
  1. Gaps
When a fire door is closed, the gap should be less than 4mm in order for them to be deemed safe for use. Try using a £1 coin, which is about 3mm in thickness, to determine whether the gaps are appropriate or not. Sometimes the gap under the door is much larger however if you can see light coming through then it doesn’t fit the frame and smoke will pass through during a fire.
  1. Seals
Fire doors come with special seals that expand in the event of a fire in order to prevent smoke from travelling around the building and a fire from spreading which is why it is essential that they are intact with zero damage. If you notice that the seals are in bad shape, it may be time to call a professional.
  1. Hinges
Whilst they aren’t exactly essential in a fire, well maintained hinges do make a difference. After all, the flames of a fire can be brutal, so it makes sense to ensure that all the hinges are firmly fixed into places with no screws missing.
  1. Closing
A fire door will only work when it is closed completely which is why they are fitted with signs telling you to keep them closed at all time. Try closing your fire door halfway, letting it close completely by itself. If it gets stuck on the door or doesn’t close firmly then it will be useless in the event of a fire and requires immediate maintenance. Here at ABC Industrial we want to stress that fire doors are not only just beneficial, they are compulsory! After all, the law states that all commercial properties, and many residential ones, should come with fire doors in order to guarantee the safety of every person inside. By following our checklist guide and consulting with regular professional maintenance, you can ensure that no faults will put anybody at risk! To find out more information about our range of fire doors, get in contact with a member of the ABC team today!

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