Seen a dodgy fire door? Report it straight away!

Mon 14 Sep, 2015

Have you seen a fire door that’s damaged, poorly maintained or being propped open? Report it to your landlord or building manager straight away, as it could be the difference between life or death in the event of a fire.

That’s the message from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service at the start of Fire Door Safety Week, which runs until Sunday 20 September.

Group Commander Richard Priest said: “Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire, but they remain a significant area of neglect.

“They are often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification, and mismanaged or mistreated throughout their service life.

“Fire door breaches are still one of the most common fines implemented under the Fire Safety Order, 10 years since this law was introduced.”

Fire doors, which are not necessarily fire exit doors, can be identified by a blue “Fire door keep shut” sign often at eye level.

Fire doors are needed inside a variety of buildings, including homes, shops, offices, factories, hospitals, schools, care homes, bars, restaurants, libraries and sports centres.

They help to compartmentalise a building, such as a block of flats, keeping fire and smoke trapped for a while in one area, so that the fire can be tackled and people can be safely evacuated.

Fire doors: The top 10 things to look out for

  • Does the door close soundly against the frame?
  • Are the seals (intumescent or smoke seals) present and in good condition?
  • Is the edge of the door or frame damaged?
  • Does the latch engage properly?
  • Are there any gaps larger than 3mm between the frame and the door?
  • Can you see light through the gap at the bottom of the door?
  • Are there a minimum of three hinges and do they look in good condition?
  • Does the door have signage on it?
  • If there is glazing in the door, does it look in good condition?
  • Is the door wedged or stuck open?

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