Blake Fire and Security Systems

5 Quick Checks You Can Make On Your Fire Doors

Date: 16 November 2023
It was the tenth Anniversary of Fire Door Safety Week this year.
And it reminded me of a conversation I had with a nervous local business owner.

He told me:
It wasn't until I employed person #5 that I realised the importance of fire door safety.
Suddenly, I officially became a Responsible Person who had to produce a written Fire Risk Assessment. And my house could be on the line if I didn't protect the people working for me while they were in my office space!

His office was part of a complex. In multi-occupied buildings, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004 and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2006 requires the 'Responsible Person/Duty Holder' to co-operate and liaise with other 'Responsible Persons/Duty Holders' within the building whether on a permanent or temporary basis to ensure the safety of all relevant persons.

Which he tried...

I spoke to my landlord but, although I asked several times to see the most recent FRA, he only gave me the one that had happened six years previously.
I was particularly worried about the door between our office and the external corridor.
It was meant to protect my staff if a fire broke out in the corridor and they couldn't get out.
I started researching online and this video put the fear of God into me...
I realised I knew very little about the composition of our wooden door. I didn't know if the hinges were fire-rated. I could see there was a gap between the door and the frame but I didn't know whether it was too big to comply with the regulations.
I could see that there was some kind of seal in that space. But I didn't know whether that seal was made of the right material or if it was the right size to fill the gap and stop poisonous smoke from getting in. I also didn't know if the glass panel in the door was fire-rated.
In short, I didn't know nearly enough!

My friend was very distressed about the whole thing. To get peace of mind, he had to pay a lot of money to get his own Fire Risk Assessment for an area that measures less than 500 Sq. ft.

Are you a Business owner or Responsible Person in Essex or East London?
Simply click the button below to request a call from a friendly Fire Safety professional!
Request A Call From An Expert

5 quick checks you can do on your Fire Door

If the horrible events of the Grenfell fire did anything, it spread awareness of the importance of fire stopping. Both its application and using the correct materials. Fire doors are taken for granted - they are, quite literally, part of the furniture! But fitted and maintained correctly, they are one of the best ways to save lives in an emergency.
Here are 5 quick checks you can make to see if your fire door is safe:
  1. Look for labels or similar markings that show the door is certificated
  2. Check that the door is marked correctly with the appropriate signage - Fire door keep shut
  3. Ensure that the door or frame has the combined fire and smoke seal and the door closes correctly with an even gap all around of about 3mm. Also check the door closer at the top is fitted securely.
  4. Check the fire-rated hinges are fitted firmly into the door and the frame, with no missing screws.
  5. Make sure the door is not damaged and never wedged or propped open.
If you have any concerns, contact your landlord, the person responsible for your building's fire safety, or the local fire brigade.

Advice from Fire Door experts

It was hearing stories like this that made Ian Blake take the specialist qualification for Fire Doors.
Even before Grenfell, Ian turned down work orders that didn't meet good industry standards. Since the tragedy, building owners and operators are taking advice and specifying work better, but the buck ultimately stops with the Responsible Person.
If that's you, don't assume your landlord has everything in place - check! And if they don't, get advice from a qualified expert to make sure you can shut the door to fire in your premises.
Get Your Quote
This blog post is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. Call Blake's on 01702 447800 to speak to one of our professionals for specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

Dedication to Accreditation

Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your Fire and/or Security system, including Fire Doors.
Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing fire and security protection across four decades. We're not going anywhere. Your guarantee will be honoured!
Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
Blake Fire & Security Systems have BAFE, NSI Gold, SSAIB and BM Trada approval! This means you get:
Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
Highest quality systems and equipment - we only use the best quality, industry-approved equipment to provide protection that lasts and looks good.
Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your Fire and/or Security protection is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

Contact Us

Please submit your enquiry using the form below.

    We use the information you provide to contact you about Fire & Security services. You may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

    Accreditations and Memberships

    Domestic and commercial clients trust Blake's dedication to accreditation. We always meet or exceed the latest quality standards.
    linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram