Fire Door Inspection in Blocks of Flats
Fire Door Survey
Fire doors should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and damage that may hinder the performance of the door in the event of a fire.
This should form part of your overall risk assessment of your fire safety procedures and maintaining them is a critical part of your fire safety management.
Do I need to have them inspected by law?
Article 17 of the Fire Safety Order makes it a legal requirement to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are adequately maintained in order for them to provide the protection they are installed for.
When auditing the building fire doors are one of the areas that can be identified by the fire service if they are not fit for purpose which can lead to further action such as enforcement notices and prosecution.
The importance of passive fire protection maintenance such as compliant fire door sets has never been so important as highlighted by the tragic disasters at Lakanal House and Grenfell Tower.
How often should my flats fire doors be inspected?
The new Fire Safety Regulations 2022 came into force in January 2023 and dictates the frequency of fire door inspections both communal and flat entrance doors on the size of the building.
Regulation 10 of the new fire safety regulations require that, if the top storey of the building is above 11m in height the Responsible Person must:
Make a valid attempt check all flat entrance fire doors at least every 12 months.
Carry out checks of any fire doors in communal areas at least every 3 months.
For buildings below 11 meters regulation 10 requires information on fire doors be provided to residents to include the following:
Fire doors should be kept shut when not in use.
Residents or their guests should not tamper with self-closing devices.
Residents should report any fault or damage immediately to the Responsible Person.
To assist landlords and property managers within blocks of flats with providing the correct information we have produced a fire door information poster that can be provided to tenants and also installed within communal areas.
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