Fire Door Inspections for Responsible Persons
Updated: Aug 18
As a responsible person overseeing fire safety, it's crucial to regularly inspect fire doors to ensure they are in proper working condition. While professional assessments every six months are recommended, responsible persons should perform routine checks. This article provides a simplified guide on what to inspect and emphasizes the importance of professional assessment and maintaining inspection records.
Check for a certification label or plug on the door.
Ensure it is valid and verifies compliance with fire resistance standards.
Fully Closes and Latches
Open the door partially and release it
Make sure it closes firmly and latches properly without obstructions.
Inspect gaps around the door
Ensure they are between 2 to 4 millimeters for effective fire containment
Firm Frame Attachment
Check the door frame's attachment to the surrounding structure
Look for loose screws, gaps, or cracks that weaken the door's integrity
Inspect the seals around the door
Look for signs of wear, tearing, or gaps
Replace damaged seals promptly to prevent smoke and fire spread
Examine the hinges
Ensure at least three hinges are firm, without wear or damage
Check the door closer mechanism
Ensure it's securely attached, undamaged, and adjusted to prevent slamming
Hold Open Devices
If present, test hold open devices
Confirm they release the door when the fire alarm activates
Door Leafs and Glazing
Inspect the door leafs for damage like cracks or warping
Check glazing for any damage or cracks
Absence of Wedges
Ensure no wedges or objects hold the door open
Removing wedges prevents fire and smoke from spreading
Test the latch mechanism
Ensure it holds the door in place and operates smoothly
Regular inspection and maintenance of fire doors are essential for ensuring fire safety. Responsible persons should perform these simplified checks on fire doors regularly. Engaging professionals for assessments and maintaining inspection records are vital to ensure compliance and the effectiveness of fire doors in protecting lives and property.
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