Fire Door Survey

Fire Door Surveying London

Fire door surveying is an essential aspect of fire protection and safety in buildings. Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, allowing occupants to evacuate safely and giving firefighters time to extinguish the fire. However, fire doors can become damaged or compromised over time, which can render them ineffective in a fire emergency.

The UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation ensures that the surveyor has the necessary competence and quality assurance to conduct the survey. The survey report should identify the location, condition, and type of ACM and provide recommendations for managing the risk of asbestos disturbance. It is important to note that the presence of ACM does not necessarily pose a risk, but it is the disturbance of ACM that can cause harm. Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma and asbestosis, which are fatal diseases.

Therefore, it is crucial to conduct an asbestos survey to identify and manage the risk of asbestos disturbance. Asbestos surveys are of two types: management survey and refurbishment/demolition survey. A management survey is required to monitor and manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of the premises. On the other hand, a refurbishment/demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work to identify and manage the risk of asbestos disturbance.

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    Understanding Fire Door Surveying

    Fire door surveying is an essential component of passive fire protection and fire safety. It involves a comprehensive examination of fire doors within a building to ensure they comply with fire safety regulations and perform effectively. Certified professionals, such as fire safety consultants, conduct these surveys to assess the condition of fire doors, identify potential issues, and recommend necessary corrective actions.

    Importance of Fire Door Surveying

     

    Fire doors play a vital role in protecting buildings and their occupants from the spread of fire, smoke, and fumes. Fire door surveying is crucial to ensure that fire doors are compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Fire Safety Regulations 2022. It helps identify any gaps, damage, or wear and tear that can compromise the effectiveness of fire doors and the passive fire protection system.

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    Components and Maintenance of Fire Doors

    Fire doors are made up of several components, including the door frame, door leaf, glazing, seals, hinges, locks, and signage. These components need to be correctly maintained to ensure the fire door assembly is compliant and effective. Maintenance of fire doors includes checking for gaps, smoke seals, cold smoke seals, intumescent strips, threshold gaps, and fire stopping. Door furniture, such as letter plates and vision panels, must also be checked. Self-closing devices, hold open devices, and panic hardware devices should be tested to ensure they are functioning correctly.

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    Fire Door Inspections and Reports

    Fire door inspections should be undertaken by a competent person and documented in a detailed report. The report should include photographs, a fire door assembly identification, a compartmentation drawing, and recommendations for remediation. Building owners, clients, and the responsible person should use this report to plan and budget for ongoing inspections and remediation of non-compliance. Certification and quality assurance of fire door surveying should be sought from recognized organizations, such as NAFDI.

    Fire door surveying is an essential part of a building’s fire strategy plan. It helps protect occupants and neighbouring buildings from the spread of fire and smoke. The cost of fire door surveying depends on the size of the property, the number of fire doors, and budget constraints. However, the cost of fire door surveying should not be a barrier to undertaking suitable checks and maintenance of fire doors.

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      A fire door inspection involves a thorough examination of all aspects of a fire door, including the frame, hinges, seals, and glazing. The inspector will check for any damage, wear and tear, or other issues that could affect the door’s ability to provide adequate protection in the event of a fire.

      Fire doors should be inspected at least once a year by a competent person to ensure they are in good condition and functioning correctly. However, if the door is subject to heavy use, it may need to be inspected more frequently.

      Common issues found during fire door inspections include damage to the door frame, hinges, and seals, gaps between the door and the frame, missing or damaged intumescent strips, and damage to the glazing. These issues can affect the door’s ability to provide adequate protection in the event of a fire.

      A fire door inspector should have appropriate training and qualifications to carry out inspections to the required standard. This may include qualifications in fire safety, construction, or engineering, as well as training in fire door inspection and maintenance.

      The cost of a fire door inspection can vary depending on the size and complexity of the building, as well as the number of fire doors that need to be inspected. However, it is important to remember that the cost of an inspection is a small price to pay for the safety of the building’s occupants in the event of a fire.