School fire door inspections

School fire door inspections

School fire door inspections will help ensure that fire doors perform correctly in the event of a fire. This will also help the safe evacuation of all persons in the building when a fire occurs.

An accredited fire door survey looks at all parts of the door and also frame. In addition, signage, seals and also glass is inspected.

So why have school fire door inspections?

Many fire door surveys are carried out after a fire risk assessment. The assessor may have added a general note of a number of fire doors are in poor condition.

Modern schools will have new doors that are up to the latest standards. However older schools are not likely to have new fire doors. In addition, the surrounding areas to the fire doors may not offer a higher level of fire resistance. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between new fire doors and nominal fire doors.

A new fire door will usually have certificates or paperwork that details the level of fire protection. An older door is not likely to have these details. In this case, the assessor will make a judgement on whether the fire door will hold back a fire for 30 minutes or 60 minutes. Just because a fire door is old, odes not mean it needs to be replaced.

What is checked?

School fire door inspections cover the following points:

  • Door identification and also any barcodes
  • The rating of the fire door, such as FD30, FD60 or also nominal fire door.
  • Location of the door
  • The material of the door
  • The material of the frame
  • Dimensions of the door, so it can assist if asking building companies for quotes.
  • The type of door set : Such as single door, double door and also door and a half.
  • Are the hinges CE approved type?
  • Do any locks fitted to the door comply?
  • Type of fire glass fitted and also does it have visible signs ie BS pyroglass.
  • Are the seals or combined seals in good order?
  • Does the closer shut the door correctly. Also what type of closer and whether it should be replaced.
  • Is the door structure in good condition. Also, if not, is it repairable?
  • Does the door have signage and also is it the correct type?
  • The size of gaps at the top and sides of the door. Also, is the the gap at the bottom of the door excessive?
  • Does the door pass to current standards?

If a door does not pass to the current standard, it does not necessarily mean that it should be replaced. Some cheap and simple remedies can help it pass as a nominal fire door.

For details of school fire door inspections and also fees, either call or email now. Also call for school fire training fees (includes fire door session).

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