Your Full Guide to Fire Door Surveys
Posted on 27th September 2023
Today, we at GRJ Surveying are exploring fire door surveys in depth. We are going to help you understand exactly what they are, why they are of utmost importance and how you can schedule one.
Continue below for more information.
Fire door surveys, completed regularly and to industry standard, are vitally important for business and commercial property owners.
Often overlooked, testing fire doors within the confines of industry safety standards helps to prevent the spread and fire and smoke. Without them, lives and property are at risk in the event of a fire.
Fire Door Survey Requirements Outlined
A fire door survey is a comprehensive guide containing the inspection and assessment requirements for all fire doors within a building.
Typically, fire door inspection requirements are stipulated in building codes and regulatory law. It is imperative that property owners with fire doors read and understand fire door survey requirements. Not only will this ensure site safety, but it will mitigate the risk of legal complications.
These surveys are typically conducted by trained professionals who have a deep understanding of fire safety regulations, such as certified fire risk assessors.
For our inexperienced readers, we have outlined the principal points that form any survey. These include:
Evaluation of Compliance
Compliance with the stringent regulations set forth by the UK government is important. A survey will ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which outlines the requirements for fire door installation, maintenance and labelling.
Functional tests are completed to ensure that doors operate as intended. This includes checks on closers, locks, seals and other components. Because of the nature of fire doors, it is important that fire door testing closely considers performance.
The survey team or trained professional will scrutinise each door, looking for signs of wear and tear, damage or any modifications that may impact the door's ability to function correctly.
Identification of Issues
If any complications are found during the survey, the professional will document and report them. From here, property owners are expected to act swiftly. Failure to do so may result in fines, closure or legal action being taken.
Why Is Fire Door Testing Important?
An annual fire door inspection is of the utmost importance. This is for a number of reasons.
Firstly, they ensure legal compliance and help property managers avoid penalties like fines and imprisonment. Moreover, many insurers require compliance or claims may be denied. For businesses, this can be detrimental to success.
Lastly and most importantly, functional fire doors provide peace of mind and proactively tackle fire-related risks. They act as your barrier against safety and security breaches.
Your Fire Door Survey Consultant
In a country where fire safety is of paramount importance to the public and the law, these surveys should never be overlooked. Having a trained professional complete fire door testing on an annual basis is one of the most responsible things a property owner can do.
How GRJ Can Help
Following on from your fire door survey, our trained and certified passive fire protection consultants suggest the next steps needed to ensure the safety of your building.
Get in touch with our team today and see how we can keep your properties and their occupants safe!
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