Fire safety is a critical concern for any property manager, and one essential aspect of fire safety is ensuring that fire doors are in good condition and functioning correctly. This is because fire doors play a vital role in protecting the occupants from the spread of fire and smoke.
For something as important as life itself, a regular inspection survey and maintenance is necessary for optimal performance. In this article, we will discuss what a fire door inspection survey is, why it is important, what the process entails, and how the BLOCK MAINTENANCE can help you.
A fire door inspection survey is a detailed examination of all fire doors in a building, including door frames and hardware, to ensure they are fit for purpose, comply with fire safety regulations, and to identify any necessary repairs or upgrades.
It involves a visual inspection and physical testing of each fire door to determine if it will perform as intended in the event of a fire.
WHY IS A FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SURVEY IMPORTANT?
Fire doors by design are to prevent flames and smoke from spreading from one part of a building to another, thereby giving the occupants ample time to escape in case of a fire outbreak.
However, fire doors can only do their job if they are installed correctly, surveyed, and maintained regularly which is why a regular inspection survey is important.
A properly functioning fire door can save lives in the event of a fire. A faulty fire door, on the other hand, can be the difference between life and death.
Besides these benefits, having a fire door inspection survey conducted on properties under your management, can save you money in the long run. By identifying and fixing any issues with fire doors early on, you can avoid costly repairs or replacements down the line.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SURVEYS
There are regulatory requirements for fire doors that property managers must comply with. Building regulations and fire safety legislation set out the necessary standards for fire doors and their installation, including the need for appropriate signage and markings, as well as ensuring that they are fit for purpose and adequately maintained.
Please see the official Gov website for Fire Safety Regulations 2022.
FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SURVEY PROCESS
The fire door inspection survey process involves an initial survey, where we conduct a comprehensive visual inspection of each fire resisting doorset, examining every aspect of the door, including hinges, hardware, signage, hold open devices, closing devices, vision panels, glazing, cold smoke seals, and intumescent strips.
Following the initial survey, ongoing maintenance and re-inspection are necessary to ensure that fire doors remain in good condition and continue to function effectively. Regular inspections are necessary to identify any defects or issues and make sure that any necessary remedial actions are carried out in a timely manner.
FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SURVEY TECHNOLOGY USED AT BLOCK MAINTENANCE
At Block Maintenance, we take pride in using cutting-edge technology to carry out our fire door inspection surveys. Our skilled inspectors use industry approved software to upload the building floor plans, which will enable us to give a more efficient, accurate and streamlined inspection process.
Using the software’s intelligent system, we can classify each fire door as compliant, nominal, or non-compliant and assign unique ID numbers. This correlation ensures the accuracy and accessibility of our digital survey reports. We use a rating system to categorize each door to determine which doorsets require remedial action.
Our cutting edge technology enables us to provide you with a clear, succinct, and detailed digital report of the condition of the fire doors in your building.
By utilising the latest technology to provide you with a superior fire door inspection service, we ensure that your building remains safe and compliant.
FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SURVEY OUTPUTS
After the fire door inspection survey, we will provide you with a comprehensive report that outlines the condition of your fire doors. The report will identify any faults or issues that need to be addressed and provide recommendations for repair or replacement. The report will also include photographs and measurements to help you understand the extent of any problems.
In a nutshell, here are what you’ll get from us:
- Provide a comprehensive list of fire doors, categorised as non-compliant, nominal, or compliant.
- Conduct a detailed examination of each fire door, outlining the necessary remedial measures.
- Identify any apparent fire hazards or potential risks.
- Estimate the approximate costs involved in repairing each door, if necessary, in a tentative order.
HOW CAN BLOCK MAINTENANCE HELP?
At Block Maintenance, we have a team of qualified professionals who are experienced in carrying out fire door inspection surveys. We use the latest technology to ensure that our surveys are accurate and reliable. Our team will work with you to ensure that your fire doors meet the current fire safety regulations and are functioning correctly.
Our fire door inspector conducts a thorough survey of each fire resisting doorset, providing comprehensive reports on their condition. The survey includes a visual inspection of all aspects of the doorset, including the fire resisting qualities of the door hinges, door hardware, fire door signage, hold open devices, and fire door closing devices.
We also check for relevant markings to determine the fire rating of the doorset, as well as inspect locks and latches, vision panels, glazing, cold smoke seals, and intumescent strips.
We also assess the doorset’s fire resisting qualities, thickness, gaps between the leaf and frame, threshold suitability, and the materials used in the installation.
When we’re done inspecting, we provide a clear action plan that includes photo evidence, the locations of defects, and suggested remedial actions based on Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022: fire door guidance
Need help with your fire door inspections? Contact us now.