Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. These compartments are usually linked by fire doors, which allows the flow of traffic around the building. Fire doors have two important functions in a fire:
- when closed they form a barrier to stop the spread of fire
- when opened they provide a means of escape
A well designed timber fire door will delay the spread of fire and smoke without causing too much hindrance to the movement of people and goods.
Every fire door is therefore required to act as a barrier to the passage of smoke and/or fire to varying degrees, depending upon its location in a building, and the particular fire hazards associated with that building.
The main categories of fire doors are FD30 and FD60, which offer 30 and 60 minutes fire protection, respectively.
Fire doors are engineered products that provide life and property saving functions in the event of fire. It is important that they are regularly inspected and maintained to permit them to perform at their best on the one and only occasion when they are called upon to do so. In fact, it is a statutory requirement that a full inspection and survey is carried out on your fire doors to ensure compliance! Depending on the type of building you are responsible for and who occupies it will influence the frequency of fire door inspections required. Some buildings, such as schools and hospitals, are subject to heavy traffic and the doors have a hard time often being subject to repeated misuse. BS9999 recommends six monthly inspections and includes guidance on some of the main inspection criteria, but remember that you are responsible for ensuring an adequate inspection and maintenance routine is in place.
A Fire door inspection from AFC Fire & Security Ltd will provide you with confidence that you are compliant, by delivering the following:
- AFC Fire have full Public & Employers Liability Insurance, and Professional Indemnity Insurance to give you added peace of mind
- AFC Fire carry our all fire door inspections in accordance with statutory BS & EN requirements
- AFC Fire hold industry recognised certification issued by LPCB* and NAFDI**
- AFC Fire have current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certification
- AFC Fire issue a LPCB approved NAFDI Certificate on every inspection
- AFC Fire are members of industry leading bodies the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, and The Institute of Fire Engineers
* LPCB (The Loss Prevention Certification Board) is the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. LPCB approval is recognised by governments and regulatory authorities across the world. ** NAFDI is the UK’s leading national fire door inspection organisation.
To book a Fire Door Survey with AFC Fire & Security, simply call 0203-143-4754, or 0777-900-5709, or click on the Get In Touch button below, and leave the rest to us! And, for additional compliance, and peace of mind, ensure you request a NAFDI fire door inspection certificate with your fire door inspection report.
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A comprehensive Fire Safety Training Course at your own premises, which enables you to meet your legal obligations, and to protect staff and property under current Fire Safety Regulations.
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