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Fire Door Inspections

Fire doors inspections save lives

Following the Grenfell tragedy, a well-publicised debate resulted in changes being made to the Fire Safety Act. These important amendments have been put in place to ensure that people feel safe and that a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower does not happen again.

Fire doors form a vital part of a building’s passive fire protection. Fire doors are purpose-built safety devices constructed to withstand fire for a period and keep it contained. They also provide an escape route should a fire start.

They need regular inspection and maintenance (BS9999 recommends a six-monthly inspection regime) to ensure that they will perform as intended in the event of a fire.

What are fire door inspections?

Fire doors are an important part of your buildings’ overall fire protection and health and safety plan. A fire door is the first defence step between fire and people in your buildings. It is an essential safety device that prevents smoke and fire from spreading to other parts of a building.

An inspection is conducted to ensure they are the right specification and maintained to the right standard.

A fire door can make the difference between life and death, and it is therefore vital that they are inspected regularly.

What are the benefits?

Having a fire inspection means you will have a system of updating and deploying best practices for continued fire safety. It means that you can be assured that your fire doors and components are properly and legally maintained throughout the year so that in an emergency, occupants will have a better chance of a smooth evacuation.

How can Ligtas support you?

Ligtas offer an independent fire door inspection service, meaning that our clients receive a clear and detailed understanding of the condition of all fire doors within the premise inspected.

All our fire door inspections are carried out by a certified NAFDI (National Association of Fire Door Inspectors) assessor. This gives the tenants, building managers and owners the peace of mind that the fire doors within their property have been completely checked and that any remedial actions needed to meet the requirements of BS476 have been highlighted.

The inspection will involve checking:

  • That the gap around the door frame and threshold is correct
  • That hinge condition and certification
  • Signage overhead door closes
  • Fire-related glass
  • Intumescent seals
  • Smoke seals
  • Locks, latches, and handles are in good working order
  • This includes any riser or electrical cupboards.

Following the fire door inspection, you will receive a detailed report which itemises the pass/ fail rating for each door, based on current required criteria. The report also includes a full list of any remedial actions needed to bring the doors up to the necessary standard.

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