Fire doors help slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building, not only to protect lives, but also to protect the property and neighbouring buildings. This only applies, however, if they are correctly maintained in a working condition.
In addition to the references from various design codes, standards and guidance documents, we strongly urge companies to have the condition of their fire doors periodically checked. Failure to do so could dramatically increase the threat level should a fire occur.
Since the uncovering of drastic failings of passive fire protection in various building fires, such as the Grenfell Tower disaster, the importance for suitable checks of passive fire protection has been significantly highlighted.
We've answered the common questions we get asked about this service
While a building inspector may sign-off a building, they may not perform a full detailed inspection for each fire door on site. The building is signed off in principle, but the responsibility for providing a safe building is with the responsible person – not the building inspector.
All fire doors should meet the minimum requirements for structure, gaps, condition, seals/strips and ironmongery (depending on where it is installed), and although they may have been passed when the building was signed off, that does not mean they are compliant today.
A full fire door survey by a competent person will help you to identify the real problems with your fire doors, and how to rectify those particular issues in a compliant manner. Not only that, but you will then have an established asset list for the doors in your building to ensure you’re maintaining and checking the correct ones.
Not all doors in a building need to be fire doors. We can offer advice to ensure you know where your fire doors need to be.
When we inspect our clients’ fire doors we look at:
Dependent on the size and location of the building, our fire door surveys can start from just £10 per door, and there are no hidden costs. We also provide an after-care service to all of our clients offering ongoing advice and meetings where necessary.
We are based in the West Midlands, but our assessors work nationwide. The majority of our work is in London, Manchester and Birmingham, however we look after our clients’ properties all over the UK, including the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
If you have any further questions then please contact us today.
A PDF and Web report with recommendations. Doors will be marked with ID Stickers to assist with any remedial works. Optionally, RM can provided door ID's on floor plans, if available.
Fire Safety Management Software to assist in ongoing risk management
Support for each and every risk assessment
To assist in your understanding of health and safety requirements, we will identify hazards on site and, for each one, we will determine how well we believe you are currently complying with health and safety standards through observation, evaluation of documentation and discussion.
For quality assurance, RM has a two stage validation process for each and every audit that is published. First the report is verified by the assessor that carried out the assessment, and secondly the respective Department Head reviews and validates the report before publishing to the client.
To help you to actively manage your risks, RM publishes all of its assessment reports to BLOCK7 where, amongst other things, you will be able to view and download static and dynamic PDF reports. In addition, you can view and search risks according to the categorisation of Intolerable, Substantial and Moderate, or Monitor & Review with Traffic Light methodology.