A crucial part of passive safety are fire doors. These of course aid people moving through critical areas of a building and therefore are a key functional piece of furniture.
Fire doors should comply to specific tolerances and be of certain types including both the door frame and leaf itself. The ironmongery, and where required, certain passive fire seals need also to be of particular standards to enable the door to do its job in containing a fire or minimising it spreading into escape routes.
Modern fire doors are all certificated to either a British or European standard to show that they have been tested to withstand fire between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the compartmentation required at their location. Older doors have no test data and so can only be ‘assumed’ to withstand a fire situation for a given time. These are generally still accepted if both the leaf and frame are in good condition.
However fire doors are often unloved and forgotten, in that they are there to do a specific job in a specific situation. They may get damaged or worse still ‘altered’ by having holes cut in the leaf thereby destroying the fire resisting core material.
British Standard 9999 Annex I recommends that fire doors should be inspected every 6 months to make sure they are still in good condition and suitable to protect both people and property.
Prism can provide a comprehensive inspection and audit of your fire doors and advise you on the types of door installed, their condition and what, if any, remedial action needs to be taken. Each door inspected will have its own ‘life-chart’ created enabling a living history of inspection and works.
Prism are FDIS fire door diploma accredited.