Under these regulations the onus has changed, from the Fire Officer visiting a premises and giving a ‘to do list’ to the operator, then issuing a Certificate when the list is completed. Now the operator of any premises has the responsibility to conduct or commission a Fire Risk Assessment. Under the above order all commercial premises are required to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment. In my opinion it is far better to employ a professional (I do not cover this area) who will visit the premises and draw up a ‘to do list’ in a report with degrees of urgency for specific areas. In my sphere of operation most reports identify mostly Fire doors needing to be replaced or upgraded to FD30(S) specification, which is the required standard for nearly all Fire doors.
Fire Doors – New and existing
Fire safety requires Fire doors to be fitted to fine tolerances within a door frame/liner that is compatible to be used with a Fire Door, to ensure compliance with the various legislation and defined regulations. Each Fire door leaf both new and existing are required to be Certificated and their installation has to be in accordance to ensure the Fire Door operates correctly every time it is used. Hinges, Fire door closers, locks and fire door furniture all need to comply plus the installation of the door liner/frame. Once all that is achieved the cold smoke intumescent strip when fitted must seal on the door liner to ensure the smoke barrier is compliant. Having a gap between the smoke brush and liner is a waste of time, effort, money and not compliant. As a guide, for a quick check, run a credit card around both sides and top of the fire door, if the brush does not hold the card, the Fire door is certainly not compliant.
Fire Glazing in Fire Doors, Transoms and compartment walls
Fire Safety requires Glazing used in the above situations to be specifically approved Fire Glazing fitted correctly with as much importance being placed on the frame, intumescent sealing material and stopping that the glazing is set in as well as the actual Fire glazing itself. Fire doors with glazing, it is far more preferable to purchase the Fire door with the glazing factory fitted. There is a whole range of glazed fire doors available from various suppliers that should cover most installation requirements. However Fire Glazing can be fitted to doors in certain circumstances. Sometimes Compartmentation issues get highlighted in Fire Risk Assessments, such as ensuring that the correct Glazing in doors and walls has been used and fitted correctly.
Upgrading old doors
Unless the doors are listed or have a historical value, it is usually impractical and uneconomic to try to upgrade an old panel door to a FD30 door leaf specification, to make it suitable for the upgrade to FD30(S) specification. Where an old door has to be upgraded, there are kits available and the door must comply with the suppliers requirements, generally this covers the thickness of the door styles, bars and panels and also the door should be structurally sound with the joints intact along with the door fitting snugly into its door frame. As an alternative there are plenty of Fire doors available that have traditional panel designs both in natural wood finishes and painted finishes.
This Legislation has a continuing theme of responsibility that covers everybody involved with any aspect of this area of this work. Therefore it is necessary to record all work carried out under this legislation to quantify exactly what has been done. All my work is documented for the customers Fire file and I keep a copy.
Operating in Southern England
Based in South Devon, so far I have covered contracts from Truro up to the Isle of Wight, but can go further! In the first instance either email or telephone me with your location and requirements with no obligation and then I can give an approximation of what I can do and for how much. If that is acceptable I would be pleased to meet with you for a site visit and following written estimate.
Also I can provide Testimonials from large corporate concerns to small B&B establishments.
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