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Fire door Inspections

The Essential Role of Fire Doors

 

What is a fire door inspection?

A fire door inspection is an essential passive aspect of a building’s fire safety plan.

Its purpose is to identify any issues that exist that may prevent fire doors from operating as designed in the event of a fire, allowing the Responsible Person the opportunity to rectify these issues. Read more

Carrying out an inspection provides peace of mind that your fire doors will operate correctly in the unfortunate event of a building fire.

Under section 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), the Responsible Person is required to have a regime in place to maintain and regularly inspect fire doors to ensure they are in an efficient state, efficient working order and in good repair.

The Responsible Person is anyone who has control or a degree of control of the premises. This could be the owner, employer, occupier or landlord.

The purpose of your fire doors is to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, creating fire-resistant compartments within the building. If your safe routes are protected with compliant fire doors, life is protected, operational losses will be minimised, and additional financial costs will be prevented.

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Why are fire door inspections necessary?

In most buildings, fire protection is a legal requirement. In England and Wales this is dictated by Building Regulations and the RRO. Buildings in Scotland are subject to Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulation 2006. In Northern Ireland, it is the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010. Read more

Inspections should be carried out at regular intervals with Section 18 of the RRO stating the Responsible Person must appoint one or more Competent Person(s) to assist in undertaking preventative and protective measures.

A competent person should have sufficient training and experience or knowledge to enable them to undertake the task as hand.

The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) operates a competent Person Certification Scheme for fire door inspectors, where each approved FDIS inspector is subject to a thorough application, training, assessment and examination process to assure they are competent to carry out fire door inspections.

Regular third-party inspections should also be supported by more frequent in-house visual inspections by the Responsible Person.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Fire Door Alliance website has a useful 5 step check list that can help identify issues early.  

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How often should fire door inspections be carried out?

The BWF Fire Door Alliance recommends the period between fire door inspections is six months, in line with BS9999. Read more

However, for residential buildings, the Building Safety Act 2022 made it a legal requirement that doors in common areas must undergo quarterly checks.

Residential flat entrance doors that lead onto a building’s common or shared areas should be checked annually on a best endeavour basis.

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How Yeoman Shield can help with fire door inspections

If you are the Responsible Person for fire safety in your building, we can help. At Yeoman Shield, we deal with fire doors in a variety of sectors such as education, healthcare, commercial and leisure facilities. Read more

All our fire door inspectors have passed industry recognised qualifications, including:

  • FDIS Certificated Inspector Course.
  • UK Fire Door Training Fire Door Inspection Course, accredited by FireQual.
  • Hydro-X Fire Door Inspection Course, accredited by City & Guilds.

Our fire door inspection survey can be either a non-intrusive or intrusive survey.

Our non-intrusive survey covers the items below:

  • Door condition – is there any damage? Does the door sit in the frame correctly?
  • Frame condition – is there any damage? Is the frame securely fixed to the surrounding structure?
  • Door gaps – are the gaps between 2-4 mm to jambs, head and meeting stiles?
  • Threshold gap – maximum 10 mm for Fire Doors and maximum 3 mm for a Smoke Door without a threshold seal.
  • Seals – is there any damage? Are any seals missing?
  • Hinges – are they CE marked? Is there the correct quantity, screw fixings, any signs of wear and tear?
  • Lock/latch – operation, screw fixings, does it hold the door in place when engaged?
  • Closer – operation, screw fixings, signs of wear and tear?
  • Hold open devices – do these operate properly?
  • Additional ironmongery – flush bolts, pull handles etc.?
  • Glazing – damage to glass and beads, is the glass suitable?
  • Signage – appropriate fire door signs to door faces.

Our intrusive survey covers all the actions above. As well as this, we check the back of frames to 10% of the doorsets being inspected to ascertain if they have suitable fire stopping capabilities.

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Fire door inspection reports

When you book a fire door inspection with us, your fire doors will receive a comprehensive inspection to ascertain which of the building’s doors are non-compliant. Read more

Once our survey is complete, we will issue a report detailing any issues that we have found, and the remedial work required to bring the door back to conformity. On the back of this we will, where requested, provide a quotation to undertake the work to rectify these issues.

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Fire door maintenance and repairs

After your fire door inspection has been carried out, you’ve received your inspection report and actioned any necessary changes, you’ll have the option to have our expert team carry out any fire door maintenance work necessary to bring doors back to conformity. Read more

Typically, businesses shy away from repairing fire doors to ensure their compliance – if a door is damaged, they may simply opt to replace entirely. However, for a more cost-effective alternative, our experienced team can maintain and repair your fire-rated doorsets and certify the work undertaken to bring them back to compliance.

Maintenance and remedial work is carried out in accordance with the Door Manufacturers test evidence & BS8214 Timber-based fire door assemblies – Code of Practice, the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors and the ASDMA maintenance, damage prevention and troubleshooting guide.

Our fire door teams are all accredited by FIRAS and provide certification under the FIRAS fire door maintenance and installation schemes. If you’re looking for a more cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable solution than replacing your doors, choose Yeoman Shield for your fire door maintenance.

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What if my fire doors are beyond maintenance or repair?

Yeoman Shield are fully certified to undertake the installation of new fire-rated doorsets if all other alternatives are exhausted and will not bring fire doors back to acceptable conformity. Read more

BS8214 recommends employing installers that operate as a member of a third-party certification scheme for fire door installation.

Yeoman Shield operate under the FIRAS third-party certification scheme and our operatives have been assessed on site by FIRAS auditors to ensure their competence.

Our operatives can install free issue timber fire-rated doorsets or when required source, supply and install fire-rated doorsets.

We source fire-rated doorsets from recognised third-party fire door manufacturer scheme such as BWF Certifier, BMTRADA Q-Mark or IFC Certification Scheme. This ensures that all doorsets supplied are tested to BS476 Part22 or BS EN 1634-1.

To book Yeoman Shield for your fire door maintenance and repair work, head over to the Contact Us page to get in touch!

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do we need to accompany the Yeoman Shield team on site?

You are welcome to accompany our team on site but this is not a requirement, our team can work independently on your site after an appropriate induction.

 

What format do we get the report in?

You will receive your report in a PDF format sent electronically for you to keep with your records.

 

What if the survey finds issues with any of our doors?

If any of the fire rated doorsets fail our inspection, we will make recommendations as to how it can be made compliant. Our recommendations will always be based on the most cost-effective solution for you. This may include the addition of some fire rated door protection products where we feel this will be the best solution to rectify an issue or be of benefit to prolong the lifecycle of the doorset.

 

How often should our fire doors be inspected?

Article of 17 of the Fire Safety Order requires the Responsible Person to put in place a suitable maintenance regime to ensure fire doors are kept in an efficient working order and in good repair.

The BWF Fire Door Allowance recommend that all fire doors should be regularly checked by an approved inspector at least every 6 months and more frequently where there is a higher risk of damage.

 

Are Yeoman Shield Fire Door Inspectors qualified?

Our team have all successfully taken recognised fire door inspection courses to ensure the correct level of knowledge and competency when carrying out inspections.

Interested in our fire door services?

Our FIRAS-certified experts are here to ensure that your fire doors meet all regulatory standards and give you peace of mind.

Contact us now to book a fire door inspection or find out more about our services, and our friendly team will get back to you ASAP.

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