Internal Fire Door Installation
In a private property such as your home, it is advised to install internal fire doors where the risk of a fire is the highest. This includes the kitchen, living room and rooms that may contain a high amount of electrical devices and gadgets.
NOTE: If you're unsure whether fire doors are a legal requirement by law, please get in touch with your local council who will be able to assist you further.
In commercial or non-domestic properties, the liability lies with whoever is deemed the 'responsible person' for that property. For example, the owner of the property, the employer or the person in control of the property for trade reasons.
Thorough risk assessments must be carried out and it is advisable to get professional help with all your fire-related regulations and safety protocol.
Internal Fire Door Maintenance
It is important that internal fire doors are regularly inspected and maintained. This section will look at highlighting some of the main aspects of internal fire door maintenance that you should keep in check.
Opening and closing the door
Doors fitted with hold open devices or swing free type closers should be closed when not in use or when there is likely to be a low building occupancy. It is important that a fire door is able to close effectively, in the event of a fire, a closed door will help contain a fire, an open one won't. There are several reasons why a fire door may fail to close:
- The smoke seals may be incorrectly fitted or damaged
- Objects may be obstructing the door
- If a latch is fitted, it may be damaged, malfunctioning or require lubrication
- The closing mechanism may need adjusting.
The doors intumescent seals should be checked regularly; damaged or missing seals should be replaced. It's important that the replacement seals are of the same specification, size and type as the original.
Hinges, locks, latches, closers, floor springs...
The mechanical aspect of the door including hinges, latches, closers and floor springs are likely to wear and damage over time and frequent use. Hinges, locks and latches may require occasional lubrication.
Note: Some hinges use self-lubricating bearings that will not need additional lubrication.
In the event that worn hardware on a fire door needs completely replacing, items should be carefully removed and replaced with products of the same specification as the original where they've been proven effective for use in fire rated doorsets.
5 Common Fire Door Faults – Prevent them from happening
- Over 61% of internal fire doors had fire or smoke seals either missing, installed incorrectly or not filling perimeter gaps correctly
- Over 1/3 had incorrect signage
- More than 230 (34%) of the internal fire doors inspected has excessive gaps between the door and its frame (i.e. over 3mm)
- Over 15% had noticeable damage to the door leaf
- Almost 1 in 5 internal fire doors had unsuitable hinges.
The full article Top 5 Most Common Internal Fire Door Faults with more in-depth information can be found here on our blog.
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