Blog - 14/11/2023
Understanding Fire Door Regulations A Comprehensive Guide
Fire door safety is an essential part of building safety, whether that’s an office or housing building. Many people are unaware of the fire regulations surrounding them, so this is a comprehensive guide. We explore the importance of fire doors and how they keep buildings and their occupants safe.
So Why Are Fire Door Regulations Important to us?
Fire doors have been designed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire in a building. This will enable a safe escape route out of the building for the occupants and protect the building’s structural integrity. If the proper regulations aren’t followed, this could cause the loss of life. So it’s very important that not only are they installed correctly but also maintained so they are effective in the event of a fire.
Fire doors also prevent the spread of fire and smoke within a building by limiting the damage it can cause. To the rest of the building and contents within the building. Having fire doors installed can save the property, but also save the cost of repairs to the insurance companies.
Below we will talk about what the fire regulations are, but in the event of a fire, the building owners and manager can be held liable for any injuries. But following the regulations to the point and having the correct fire doors installed literally can save lives. By making sure you have regular fire door inspections can make sure you have protected not only yourself but residents of the building.
What Are the Regulations for Fire Doors?
The fire door regulations can vary depending on location and the building type. However, below you will find some general guidelines that apply to most buildings and what the owners and managers must adhere to.
Fire Door Ratings
All fire doors are given a rating based on their ability to withstand fire and smoke for a period of length of time. The most common ratings are FD30 and FD60, these represent how long the door can withstand a fire. So FD30 means 30 minutes and yes, you guessed it FD60 means 60 minutes it can withstand a fire.
All these ratings are based on rigorous testing and certification by independent organizations. All fire doors need to be installed in the building that corresponds to the correct FD ratings.
Installation and maintenance of fire doors
There are specific regulations regarding how fire doors are installed and maintained. This is to ensure they are effective if called upon to slow a fire down from spreading. This includes the proper sealing and fitting with the correct door hinges and closers. It’s very necessary to have regular maintenance to ensure that the fire doors are working correctly. They will also be checked for any damage and general wear and tear. Any issues should be addressed straight away to maintain the integrity of the door and its purpose.
Fire Door Signage and Identification
All fire doors must be clearly marked with the correct signage, which will indicate their purpose and rating. This will also help the emergency responders with the location of the fire doors and the ability for them to use them correctly in the event of a fire.
Who Is Responsible for Fire Door Regulations?
It’s up to the building’s owners and manager to ensure that fire door regulations are followed and maintained. They are required to ensure that all fire doors are installed and maintained correctly. By utilizing an FDIS Accredited Fire Door Inspector in your vicinity, you can ensure compliance with safety standards.
It’s also important that occupants are aware of any fire doors and close them and fire doors and never allowed to be wedge open. If, as an occupant, you come across any damage, you must report it straight away to the building manager.