How much does a fire door survey cost?
When it comes to safety in your premises, fire doors play a crucial role alongside a functional fire alarm system.
To ensure your doors are the correct type and in optimal condition to perform their intended job, conducting a fire door survey is essential.
In this article, we will delve into the significance of fire door surveys, highlighting key inspection areas and providing insights on cost and availability.
Understanding the Basics of Fire Door Surveys:
A fire door survey entails a comprehensive assessment of the overall condition of your fire doors. It aims to identify any defects and provide a detailed report with recommendations for rectification.
By conducting regular surveys, you can maintain the integrity of your fire doors, improve safety, and ensure compliance with fire regulations.
Key Inspection Areas for Fire Door Surveys:
Certification: Check if the door bears a fire door scheme label on the top. If not, it's crucial to confirm whether it is indeed a fire door and if it has been certified as such. In the absence of certification, you can measure the door's thickness to determine its fire rating (FD30: 44mm, FD60: 54mm).
Door Leaf and Frame: Examine if the door frame is securely attached to the wall and if the gap between the frame and door leaf is consistently 3mm all the way around. This ensures proper functioning and sealing of the fire door.
Intumescent/Smoke Seals: Ensure that intumescent seals are in place, undamaged, and continuous around the door frame or door leaf. These seals play a crucial role in preventing the spread of smoke and fire.
Hinges: Verify that the door is equipped with a minimum of 3 CE marked hinges, with all screws properly installed and of the correct size. Secure hinges are vital for the proper operation and stability of the fire door.
Door Closers: Check if the door closes and engages with the latch when opened, and if the door closer is securely attached to both the door and frame. Proper functioning door closers are essential for ensuring the door self-closes in the event of a fire.
Hold Open Devices: Evaluate whether the hold open device releases the door as required. These devices allow fire doors to remain open for convenience while automatically closing during a fire emergency.
Glazing and Glass: Inspect the intumescent seal around the glass and bead, ensuring it is continuous and properly attached. If any glass panels have been replaced, verify their fire rating, and ensure that glazing panels below 1500mm from the bottom of the door are safety glass.
Door Leaf and Threshold Gaps: Ensure there is a consistent gap under the door that allows for smooth movement and closing without sticking on the flooring. Additionally, check if the floor-to-door gap is consistently 10mm or less when the door is closed. If smoke seals are present, the maximum gap should be 3mm.
Understanding the Cost of Fire Door Surveys:
The cost of a fire door survey may vary depending on the provider, number of doors, and premises location.
Typically, you can expect to pay around £15 to £20 for a single door set and £25 to £30 for a double door set. It's important to consider the long-term benefits and peace of mind that come with maintaining fire door safety.
Prioritising fire door surveys is essential for ensuring the safety and compliance of your premises.
By conducting thorough inspections, addressing any identified defects, and adhering to fire regulations, you can protect lives, property, and maintain a secure environment.
If you require more information or would like to obtain a quote for your fire door survey, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 180 4132 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org