Trust FireCare & Security to test your Fire Doors
Fire doors are a critical safety measure in a building, and are classed as Passive Fire control measures. By creating a compartment in the building, doors slow and reduce the spread of smoke and fire, allowing staff and customers the opportunity to safely escape and giving the Fire Service sufficient time to attend.
How can FireCare help?
We will test and audit your installed fire doors to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. In particular, we will audit your premises for the following:
- Intumescent and cold smoke seals – Fire doors, specifically the frames of fire doors, should be fitted with intumescent and cold smoke seals. The door or frame should have no more than a 3mm gap at the top and sides between the door and door frame, and the cold smoke seal should touch the frame or door. These seals stop the ingress of smoke – as the fire gets closer to the door, the intumescent material expands and creates a seal to the frame, restricting fire ingress by a minimum of 30 minutes. Over 90% of fire doors inspected by FireCare do not meet current fitting standards.
- Wedged doors – The only accepted, safe method of holding a fire door open is a mechanical device that will close the door in the case of a fire. There are many cost effective devices on the market – standalone devices such as Dorgards and Freedors, or devices that are linked directly to the fire door, such as an electromagnetic appliance. Fire doors must never be propped open with wedges, extinguishers, chairs or any other non-mechanical device, as doing so immediately renders them useless, thereby putting staff and customers’ lives needlessly at risk.
- Compartmentalisation – Passive fire protection measures create areas in a building called compartments. These compartments are made up of structures that would provide a fire stop of at least 30 minutes in the case of a fire, and include devices such as fire doors, but also walls and ceilings.Services, cables or any other material creating a hole in a fire compartment should be filled or fire-stopped with suitable materials. Intumescent or insulation foam is not a suitable filler for these kinds of holes, as this video demonstrates:
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