Fire doors are not ordinary doors. They are carefully-engineered, fire safety devices which are critical to the fire safety of a building.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly. RWS Ltd’s Dilapidation and Refurbishment Team have installed many timber fire doors which also look the part. We have also manufactured fire doors in steel and aluminium.
Checks when fitting fire doors
There are several extremely important checks that need to happen when fitting fire doors. Correct installation of fire door assemblies and door sets is fundamental to their overall performance. These checks will ensure that the fire door remains reliable to its fire integrity rating in the event of a fire and hence perform as it should. Please note that the integrity of the structure in which the door is sited needs to be assessed to ensure it has the same rating or higher.
Checks to perform when fitting fire doors
- Is the door certificated?
The label or plug on the door and its frame should identify any certification and provide links to where you can access further information. If not, what information is there to support that it will actually perform as a fire door?
- Check the documentation
Documentation should be provided with the door. This should include fitting instructions – follow them to ensure correct installation.
- Does the specification match?
When fitting fire doors, check the frame specification to ensure it matches the door’s fire rating.
- Be thorough with ironmongery
Check the ironmongery specified to ensure it is compatible with the door.
- Double check which intumescent seals are being used
Correct intumescent seals must be installed with the fire door.
- Mind the gap
Ensure any voids between door frame and wall are tightly packed with suitable fire stopping material (e.g. mineral or glass wool).
- Do not cut apertures on site
Seek professional help – any site alteration may negate any certification that the product has and who is liable for its performance.
Checks to perform after fitting fire doors
- Check and check again
Does the door close soundly against the frame? Are the gaps around the door consistent and less than 3-4mm when closed (use a £1 coin for an approximate check). Are there any obvious splits, cracks or chunks missing from the door?
- Closing checks
After fitting fire doors ensure they close firmly onto the latch from any angle – checking that they close after being opened only a few inches, from halfway and from the fully opened position.
- See the light
Can you see light through the gap at the bottom of the door? If so, check the door documentation to ensure the maximum clearance has not been exceeded.
- Hinges and screws
Are there a minimum of three hinges? Are they all firmly fixed and are there any missing screws? Does the door assembly call for intumescent pads behind the hinges? If so, are they present?
If in a non-domestic building or common areas in flats, does the door have the relevant signage on it?
RWS Ltd’s Dilapidation and Refurbishment Team have vast experience in compliance with fire regulations and British standards on dilapidation projects, new builds and general refurbishments.
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