FiredoorCheck™ - FIRE DOOR INSPECTION SYSTEM
Fire Door Compliance
To most building users a fire door blocks ventilation, prevents interaction with colleagues or obstructs movement around a building, but to those of us with a responsibility for fire safety they are a vital component in the overall fire strategy. However, unlike items such as fire alarms and smoke detectors they are often in constant use and can very quickly show signs of wear and tear that can fundamentally affect the ability of the door to deliver the required level of fire resistance.
For this reason it is important that fire doors are subject to a regular regime of inspection and maintenance. All too often these inspections are delayed due to budgetary constraints or the demands of other work. Often they are conducted by inexperienced staff who may be unaware of the complexities of a fire door or simply may fail to identify issues requiring attention. When the impact of poor quality and incorrect repairs are added to a door that is already showing signs of damage, it is readily apparent that at best there is the potential for limited maintenance funds to be wasted and at worst there is the possibility that a fire door may fail at a critical moment.
Recent inspections carried out by members of the Checkmate team have revealed a considerable range of issues, some of which can be seen below. Individually, they show the extent of problems that can befall a fire door. Collectively, they graphically highlight the need for regular inspections and correct maintenance of fire doors. The consequences of not maintaining fire doors in a proper state of repair can be serious as has been highlighted by a number of high profile recent fire incidents. FiredoorCheck™ has been designed to deliver both a comprehensive inspection of fire doors and their function and to present a simple means of identifying those doors in need of repair and planning the maintenance process.
It is estimated by BWF-CERTIFIRE that more than 80% of installed one hour fire doors will in reality not provide one hour fire integrity! Some classic examples are shown below.
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