Fire Door Survey

A fire door survey establishes the condition and suitability of a fire door which is critical to the effective compartmentation of your building and ensures they are compliant and fit for purpose.

Fire doors are a robust fire protection measure that should be checked and maintained like any other life safety system in a building.

Fire doors help slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building, not only to protect lives but also to protect the property and neighbouring buildings. This only applies, however, if they are correctly maintained in a working condition.

We specialise in delivering fire door inspections in occupied buildings, providing our clients with all the information needed to make informed decisions on how to maintain passive fire safety in their buildings.

With broad, multi-sector experience, our assessors will carry out a fire door examination for a property and perform a detailed check for all fire doors on-site to ensure they are safe, compliant, and effective to protect occupants against the spread of smoke and flame in the event of a fire. We provide an independent process for evaluating the fire door against a set of defined criteria in standards, guidance documents, and procedures.

During a fire door survey, our assessors inspect each component of the fire door assembly including:

  • Signage
  • Solid Construction
  • Labelled
  • Door leaf ok
  • Door frame ok
  • Hinges
  • Intumescent strip
  • Cold smoke seal
  • Door closers working
  • Hold-open devices working correctly
  • Gap <3mm
  • Threshold <10mm
  • Glazing & Glass
  • Suitability and function of the exit device
Fire door examination

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FAQ's

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Everyday use of fire doors can result in slight alterations to the door and its surroundings, and this can affect the performance of the door in the event of a fire.

The key to passive fire protection is to contain the fire to a particular compartment or room, giving occupants enough time to escape and the fire service enough time to enter the building and tackle the fire. Designed to prevent the fire or smoke from spreading, a fire door is one of the most important fire safety products on your premises. 

Not all doors in a building need to be fire doors. A full fire door survey by a competent person will help you to identify the real problems with your fire doors, and how to rectify those particular issues in a compliant manner. Not only that, but you will then have an established asset list for the doors in your building to ensure you’re maintaining and checking the correct ones.

In short, YES.

Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it a legal requirement of the responsible person to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and adequately maintained in order for them to be fit for purpose. In BS 8214: 2016 and BS 9999: 2017, routine inspections of fire doors are highlighted as necessary to maintain fire safety in buildings.

With broad, multi-sector experience, our assessors will and will carry out a fire door survey for a property and perform a detailed check for all fire doors on-site to ensure they are safe, compliant and effective to protect occupants against the spread of smoke and flame in the event of a fire.

We provide an independent process for evaluating the fire door against a set of defined criteria in standards, guidance documents and procedures to determine the condition of an existing fire door.

This ensures fire compliance can not only be achieved but also maintained and recorded to satisfy Fire Service Enforcement Officers (FSEO), building control and other external bodies.

We will always request a fire strategy plan or compartmentation drawing for a property before commencing a survey. In the absence of this information, we take a risk-based life safety approach and use fire engineering judgement to determine the assumed lines of fire resistance based on building regulations or other relevant design codes.

Many fire doors do not come with original documentation, and it is difficult to identify the manufacturer. For some doors, a risk-based approach must be taken based on the professional judgement of the assessor. If the door is of adequate thickness, weight and appears to have the tell-tale signs of a fire door then we will inspect it as such. Every aspect is checked in detail.

Upon completion of fire door and final fire exit door inspections, a report is produced detailing the condition of each door and highlighting the areas of non-compliance. This allows organisations to prioritise maintenance activity and expenditure. This is primarily to accommodate budget constraints while demonstrating an understanding of the nature and scale of the problem, which in turn creates a register for future ongoing inspections.

A fire door should be regularly checked to ensure it functions correctly and will perform to its designed standard in the event of a fire. Periodic checks should be carried out at least once every six months although newly occupied buildings may require more frequent checks in the first year of use. Where the fire door is in high use, it is like to be more susceptible to damage and should be checked more frequently than other doors in the building. E.g. once per week/month.

If your building is a residential care or nursing home (or hotel etc), to anyone who might not be able to quickly respond to or escape from a fire, 6-monthly checks are essential.

Our prices are very competitive and there are no hidden costs. Depending on the size and location of the building, a minimum half-day fee is payable. Prices start from £250 (No VAT). Email info@firerisk.co.uk for a full quotation.