The Growing Need for Comprehensive Fire Door Inspections

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Fire doors are an indispensable part of keeping buildings safe; they keep blazes at bay, protecting property and giving first responders vital extra time to help people. However, they do bring with them extra regulations and more inspections. With fire door safety week coming up, let’s focus on this key component of your fire safety arsenal.

How are the regulations regarding fire door inspections changing?

2022 fire safety regulations require that the ‘responsible person’ for multi-occupancy residential buildings over 11m does annual checks on flat doors, as well as checking the communal doors every quarter. When applied to bigger buildings or a portfolio of multiple properties, this becomes a rather large undertaking that can bring in lots of paperwork and even more extra time.

Furthermore, even more regulations are being placed on how fire doors are being maintained. Section 156 of the Building Safety Act – soon to be introduced in October 2023 – requires that all inspections of fire doors in residential buildings over 18m are to have written documentation with proof of the action taken.

What do the new regulations mean for you?

As the responsible person for a building, these changes will mean that fire door inspections will take up a lot more of your time and create a lot more paperwork. This increased workload can mean that important tasks and records can be forgotten, leading to issues down the line.

To allow you time to complete your duties – and the peace of mind that the job is being done right – you might consider upgrading your software or bringing in a company to complete inspections and the required paperwork.

How We Can Help

When it comes to fire doors, we know how important they are to stop the spread of fire. At Martyn Young Fireproofing Consultancy, we offer expert advice to help keep you and your property safe. Contact us today on 07585 896648 to find out more about how we can help.


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