Blake Fire and Security Systems
fire door replacement Essex

Fire Doors. Not just part of the furniture!

Blake Fire & Security Systems have a long and distinguished track record with Fire Doors. This includes design, install and maintainenance! We're proud to keep businesses, schools and care homes safe. From our base in Southend, we can cover Essex, London and the South East.

Fire Doors are the most commonly known form of Passive Fire Protection. We see those blue circular badges all the time and rarely think anything of it. Dont be fooled though, these are powerful life-saving devices! 

 Unlike a standard door, a Fire Door is able to:

  • control the spread of fire or smoke between areas (known as compartments);
  • auto close to protect emergency exit routes;
  • give building occupants enough time to safely escape or wait to be evacuated;
  • maintain security by opening from the inside only when leading to external areas.

A fire door has a fire-resistance or fire-protection rating. FD30 rated door sets will withstand fire for 30 minutes, FD60 for 60 minutes.

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Do I need Fire Doors on my rented apartment or in my block of flats?

Yes. They are a legal requirement for any flats which open onto communal areas shared with other tenants. This is to make sure vital escape routes are protected in the event of a fire. It usually applies to the front door of each apartment.

Landlords should also ensure that Fire Door Sets have compliant fittings. Think of letter boxes and hinges. 

Do I need Fire Doors in my home?

Yes, in some circumstances.

Do you have an integral garage? The door set that joins the house to the garage needs to be rated a minimum of FD30. It must also be self-closing with smoke seals.

Do you live in a mixed use building? There must be Fire Doors separating the business/residential sections.

Do you have your loft converted into a living or working space? You will need Fire Doors to create a safe corridor from that area to the outside of the building.

Residential homes over two storeys tall also have to meet building regulations for Fire Doors.

If in any doubt, get in touch with an expert straight away!

What are my Fire Risk Assessment obligations?

The Fire Safety Order requires the appointment of a Responsible Person to ensure there is adequate fire protection in every non-domestic premises in the UK.

This Responsible Person is usually the business owner or, for schools, the head teacher. S/he must ensure that there is an up to date Fire Risk Assessment. And everything highlighted must be addressed completely. 

The FSO legislation states that the Responsible Person must make a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment (Article 9). Get this wrong and the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison!

The good news is Blake Fire & Security Systems can assist in getting the Risk Assessment done correctly. And help you understand the findings and recommendations.

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I would just like to thank you and all the team that have been here with me this week, for an absolutely fantastic service and a great job well done. Your colleagues have been helpful, informative and very patient with me as a business owner with little or no understanding of fire regulations and our responsibilities as a business owner.
Things have been explained well and the training I have received has been excellent. Further to this I would add that the Fire Risk Assessor who has been on site this morning spoke very highly of your company - I was assured that we were in good hands!
Kirsty Powell, Director
Chef’s Choice Ltd

What is Fire Door Maintenance?

Fire Door Maintenance is a system of regular inspection and repairs.

BMTRADA and the BWF recommend this industry standard: Your Fire Doors should be inspected and maintained by a competent company every 6 months.

This is especially important for busy places where the doors are heavily used. Think schools, offices and public buildings. Also, anywhere the occupants may have trouble escaping without assistance. Like care homes, day centres or hospitals.

Regular maintenance also allows early intervention for any damage to hinges, handles, glazing and seals. It's an easy way to prolong the life of your Fire Door Set and avoid the need for a total replacement. 


Blake's are members of the FDIS. All fire door maintenance work by Blake Fire & Security Systems is carried out to the level of BMTRADA standards. And all our service engineers have passed an Enhanced DBS check.

Do I need a Fire Door Inspection?

Yes, if:

  • you've had a Fire Risk Assessment flagging your door/s;
  • you're concerned that your Fire Doors don’t comply to legal standards;
  • you have no Evidence of Certification.

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Do I really need a BAFE approved company?

British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) schemes make it easy for a Responsible Person to fulfil their legal obligations. Because, by using a BAFE approved company, you’re certain you’ve done your due diligence and complied. We will help you through all stages of compliance - Free Survey, Free Quotes and Free Advice!

There are only a handful of BAFE SP203-4 and NSI Gold approved Fire and Security Companies in Essex. Blake's are one of them! We will ensure you fulfil your duty of care to the very latest standards.



Blake's services for Fire Door Maintenance

For you to prove compliance as a Responsible Person, we supply an extensive paper trail. 

All work is recorded on our Record of Maintenance Activities (RMA) form. Every repair follows Accepted Repair Techniques (ART) and complies with the latest legislation.

We also offer maintenance labelling and asset referencing.

Compliance system for Fire Door Installations

We also offer a complete compliance system for Fire Door Installations, including:

• paper trail from manufacture of door set and components through to installation on site;
• installing doors to the manufacturers' instructions and only using fire stopping
products that have a Certifire Certificate of Approval, fire test evidence or global
• a record of all installs on a Record of Installation form included in the door pack ;
• all our operatives undergo training to work on fire doors, recorded on our Record of Training (RTO);
• every Fire Door Installation is 1st party inspected, quality checked and signed off by a BMTRADA trained installer;
• the ability to have 3rd party certification.

All this gives you ultimate peace of mind. The whole process, from the doorset itself being certified to the installer being appropriately qualified to fit everything correctly, is recorded and kept on our files as well as yours. You are SAFE, COMPLIANT and LEGAL!

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Ricky - Fire Doors Southend Essex

Blake's say...

 “A fire door is a Life Safety Product, which is why it’s so important to ensure they are correctly installed and maintained”

Ricky Jackson - Fire Doors, Passive Fire Protection & Fire Stopping Manager


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