Fire Door Inspections - Typical Issues (3)

This is my third blog showing another typical problem we come across very often with fire doors. It is not obvious but the overhead door closer has not been fitted as per the manufacturers instructions. This may not seam much of an issue but the way that it has been fitted means that it is not as powerful as it should be. This loss of power may not close the door or even hold the door closed in the event of pressure changes in a fire. Call us now to arrange for an inspection of the fire doors in your property (07950 575695) and help protect the people in your building.


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Top problems with Fire Doors - part two


This is our second article highlighting the kinds of common fire door problems we see every day. In the photo below you can see a couple of different problems.

First - Did you know Fire Escape signage should be fitted above or to the side of the doors and not on the doors? Easy mistake to make but easy to fix.

Second - One of the parts of the leaf selector has not been fitted to the doors. This part ensures that when the slave leaf is opened the main leaf is pushed sufficiently open to operate the leaf selector and hold the main leaf open until the slave leaf has shut again. With this part missing, as can be seen from the photo, it is possible for the slave leaf to be opened on its own and then it will not fully close, rendering the doors ineffective in a fire.

Your first phone consulatation is free so please contact us if you have any questions about your fire door responsibilities or need any fire doors surveyed or inspected.


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Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week is here. Pledge your support at https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/

If you need any help or further advice to understand your responsibilities or you need a fire door inspection, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tel:07950-575695, email us at sansompk@gmail.com or use the chat app on this site. 



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Top problems with Fire Doors - part one

Here is our first post about typical problems we find with fire doors. In a recent survey, every single door failed and we saw all of the typical problems that we can help with. Remember there are legal requirements to maintain fire doors to the correct standard, so do get in touch if you are concerned about yours. The first phone consultation is free! Below is a typical example of bad installation.- an oversized hole for the handle (there is a 2mm tolerance) and holes must be filled.with intumescent mastic. This type of poor installation can lead to early failure of a fire door. 

Contact us now for any fire door checks, surveys or help.


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FDIS Inspectors Working Forum

Attended the FDIS Inspectors Working Forum yesterday in Birmingham. It was good to catch up with like minded people with the same qualification. We just need to get it out there that using 3rd party accredited inspectors is the way forward and it ensures that the person inspecting your fire doors has been independently assessed as being suitably qualified to do so.

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Care Homes - The next fire disaster waiting to happen


www.fire-magazine.com have published an article with a stark warning of probable multiple fatalities due to a fire in a residential care home. The article states that there have been a growing number of fires at which, but for good luck and an early attendance, serious life loss would have occurred. Hinchley Wood in Surrey is cited as an example. Unfortunately one person did die in this fire but dozens of others were rescued. The owners were subsequently fined £360,000 for failing to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessment, a failure to take general fire precautions, failure to ensure maintenance of systems and fire doors and not providing staff with adequate training. The article then goes on to state that in London alone there were 421 accidental fires in nursing and care homes between 2014 and 2016.

We understand that funding is tight for the companies that manage these types of properties but surely saving lives should be of the highest priority. Maintaining fire doors will hold back the fire and slow down the spread of the fire, giving residents time to escape and also reduce the damage caused to the property. Appointing FDIS Certified Fire Door Inspectors to inspect the doors at the properties will  ensure that the doors are checked correctly and that any recommended works are correct and no money is wasted, carrying out works that are not necessary or incorrect, causing further works to be required and additional costs.




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Fire safety failures found in over half of London care homes

According to an article on ‘carehome.co.uk’ the London Fire Brigade are asking care homes to urgently review their emergency staff training and check staff know how to safely evacuate residents after finding serious fire safety failures in over half of care homes in London. The article then went on to say that 29% had failures relating to fire doors, 10% had inadequate training and 14% had evidence of poor emergency planning. I am seeing every day the poor standard of fire door installations and often the lack of a suitable fire strategy. In my opinion the percentage of fire doors failing suitable standards is much higher than 29%. Something needs to be done to get the message out there and inform the right people what they should be doing..



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Care Home Closure

‘Residents of a care home were forced to move out with less than 24 hours notice after an inspection by Kent Fire and Rescue Service. A number of concerns were raised about safety in the home and it was said that no-one could stay on site overnight until the works were complete. Inspecting officers said failures in fire precautions presented a serious risk and immediate action was necessary. The problems included fire doors not being up to the task of keeping a blaze out.’

The above was taken from an article in the Kent Messenger in January 2019.

Take action and prevent this from happening by getting your fire doors inspected by a suitably qualified Fire Door Inspector.


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Government Fire Door Investigation

The Government is undertaking an investigation into the fire door industry and has issued guidance to building owners and occupiers. This is following concerns about consistency of flat front entrance doors against the required performance standards. It is vital that people are safe in their homes. The following is a link to the advice from the Government:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fire-door-investigation

The crux of their advice is that although some composite fire doors may not perform to the required standard, all doors can provide protection in a fire when closed. All doors should be kept in good condition and self closing mechanisms should be working correctly.

Advice for high rise residents is also available on the National fire Chiefs Council website.

At present, testing is ongoing to timber doors but no timber doors had failed up to the date of publication of the advice on the 14th November 2018. This doesn’t mean that all timber fire doors in buildings will hold back a fire for the required period of time as many doors are not installed or maintained correctly. Get your doors inspected by a suitably qualified fire door inspector to ensure that the people beyond that door are suitably protected.


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Using a qualified Fire Door Inspector

When employing the services of a Fire Door Inspector please make sure they are qualified. If you employ someone who is an FDIS Approved Inspector you can be sure that they know what they are doing. An FDIS Inspector has had to pass a Diploma in fire doors and then they have had to pass an on site assessment with an independent third party assessor testing them on their knowledge of fire doors and assessing how they inspect fire doors. There are fire door inspectors out there that have just taken a one day course, which in our opinion is nowhere near sufficient. We have used an App that these assessors use and in our opinion it does not cover half of the stuff you need to be looking at. Be safe and be sure to employ someone who is suitably qualified. Please don’t just go for the cheaper option as it may cost you a lot more in the future.



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Huge fine for Landlord

A landlord has been given a huge fine of £177K for not meeting his obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order 2005.

Click on the link below to see a report:

https://www.fia.uk.com/news/reading-landlord-slapped-with-massive-177k-fire-safety-fine.html

 

This report lists issues with fire doors and escape doors. Hopefully this size if fine will highlight the problem to more people and make more people realize their responsibilities with regards to fire and escape doors.


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FM World Publication - Maintaining and Inspecting Fire Doors

The publication FM World has an article this week on maintaining and inspecting fire doors. It is a brief article but anything that highlights the importance of maintaining and inspecting fire doors is good in my book. It also makes reference to the FDIS scheme of which I am a Certified Inspector.

See the link below to read the article:

http://www.fm-world.co.uk/good-practice-legal/explainer/inspecting-and-maintaining-fire-doors/


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