Q. What are the main functions of a Fire Door? To maintain the compartmentation and control the spread of fire and smoke within a building. They also allow access to protected escape routes, both vertically and horizontally, without any loss of fire resistance.
Q. What is the difference between a Fire Door Check and a Fire Door Survey? A Fire Door Check is a basic check of a fire door that does not need to be completed by a specialist contractor, whereas a Fire Door Survey is a far more in-depth inspection of all fire doors by a suitably qualified and experienced person.
Q. Can fire doors be retrospectively upgraded? Yes, fire doors can be retrospectively upgraded. This may include the installation of intumescent strips, cold smoke seals and appropriate self-closing devices.
Q. What are the most common issues identified as part of the Fire Risk Assessment regarding fire doors? Common issues identified as part of the Fire Risk Assessment process regarding fire doors are; doors not closing correctly, doors seen to be perforated where previous locking devices or furniture/fixtures were seen to be previously fitted, excessive gaps between double fire doors, excessive gaps below fire doors (8mm+), damaged or missing intumescent strips and cold smoke seals, incorrect or non-standard hinges, doors not appropriately signed to BS 5499: Part 5 (Fire Door Keep Shut / Fire Door Keep Locked).
Q. What is a notional Fire Door? According to advice by UK government, a notional fire door is a fire door that satisfied the standards applicable to fire door resistance at the time of construction. These types of doors are therefore not in compliance with the most up-to-date codes, regulations and tests and may not have been fitted with intumescent strips and smoke seals. They can still be used within buildings as fire doors and just because a door is a notional fire door, it doesn’t mean that it is not suitable for use.
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