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Business Owners: Are your fire doors up to scratch?

Did you know that in recent years, a study conducted by the FDIS (Fire Door Inspection Scheme) discovered over 75% of fire doors it inspected over the course of a year were condemned as “not fit for purpose”? 

By not keeping your fire doors well maintained, you are putting yourself, your employees and your business at risk.

Fire doors are pieces of lifesaving equipment, just like fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, and therefore require regular maintenance to keep performing to the best of their ability. 

The FDIS (Fire Door Inspection Scheme) condemned over 75% of fire doors it inspected over the course of a year.

The consequences of fire door negligence have proved time and time again to be fatal. In 2017, propped-open fire doors and inadequate maintenance meant a fire in Grenfell Tower, London, quickly tore through the building and claimed 72 lives. In 2010, a fire engulfed a building in Shanghai, and inadequately maintained fire doors meant they offered little resistance to contain the fire, claiming another 58 lives and numerous injuries. 

In a survey carried out on the general public, it was found that over half (57%) couldn’t spot a problem with a fire door, leading to a failure to report issues. The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that while awareness over factors that might prevent a fire door performing properly in the event of a fire is high, most people couldn’t identify a faulty fire door. This alarming research indicates a real problem in the workplace. 

Unfortunately, you never know when disaster may strike, so by looking after your doors now, you could save lives in the future.  

What the law states:

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that fire doors should be checked every 6 months to ensure they are still fit for purpose. It is suggested that this time frame is reduced to 3 months for doors that get a lot of use. The Fire Safety Order also states that all fire doors should be “subject to a suitable system of maintenance and maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order, and in good repair.” It is also important that fire risk assessments are in place to determine what to do in the case of an emergency, and there is adequate training in place for staff. 

Where we come in:

Here at Core Carpentry Limited, we provide a comprehensive fire door maintenance service. From carrying out surveys on fire doors, to completing repair work, we manage the whole process for you. We will also sign off each door we look at, providing you with documentation that shows you are maintaining your doors to an adequate standard. 

We are subject to stringent regulation by BM Trada, an independent certification, inspection, training and technical services body working in the fire and building industry. We are Q-Mark certified and proud to hold an “approved maintainer” status with BM Trada. This adds reassurance that any work we undertake is carried out correctly and competently.  

We are also happy to teach your staff how to notice issues with your fire doors so that they can be repaired before they become a bigger issue. This will give you confidence that you will be better protected, should the worst happen.

We will survey your premises and inform you of any risks with your fire doors. If we find issues, we can also plan and carry out repair works to bring your doors back in line with strict quality standards. 

We pride ourselves on being fair and transparent with our customers. As the business or building owner, you will be involved every step of the way. We will discuss with you any work that may be required and the costs of completing the work, so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. You can rest easy knowing you won’t be hit with any unexpected bills, like some other maintenance companies may do. 

Next steps:

To find out more information about our service, give us a call or drop us an email. Our approved maintainer will get in touch to book in some time to chat with you about the service and discuss your requirements further.

You can visit our webpage by clicking here.

If you feel the service would be beneficial to you, we will arrange a suitable time to survey your doors. From here, we will inform you of any issues with your doors and discuss the following steps with you in person.

We look forward to working with you and helping to protect your business. 

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