We’re supporting Fire Door Safety Week, to help raise awareness of the importance of fire doors and the role they play in keeping you safe in your home.
What is a fire door?
A fire door is a door that provides extra fire resistance between separate areas of a building. The two most important functions of a fire door are:
- When closed they form a barrier to delay the spread of fire and smoke
- When open they provide a means of escape.
How do fire doors work?
Fire doors are made up of various key parts to provide a barrier and protect you from the spread of fire and smoke. The key parts of a fire door are:
- Three fire rated hinges, to prevent it from warping in a fire
- Packers, sealants and expanding foam to prevent fire spreading
- Intumescent doorstrips, that swell up when heated, to protect the material underneath
- Door closers, to make sure doors are always kept closed
- Fire rated locks, to provide added protection.
If one of these parts isn’t working properly, it can impact the performance of the whole door.
Where are fire doors located?
Fire doors are in all communal stairwells, corridors and the front door of each flat in our blocks. They’re located in bin storage areas, mains electricity service cupboards and any other communal area that could be a potential fire risk too.
Fire doors can be installed within individual homes, but this depends on the design and layout.
How to recognise a fire door
All fire doors in our communal areas are certified fire doors. If you’re trying to identify a fire door, follow this simple five step check:
- Certification: All fire doors are certified, although labels are sometimes missing
- Gaps: The gaps around the top and sides of the door should be between 3-4mm (roughly the size of the edge of a £1 coin)
- Seals: There should be fire resistant seals around the door and frame
- Hinges: There should be no less than three securely fitted hinges, with all screws installed
- Closers/hold open devices: A fire should have a closer fitted, to make sure the door automatically shuts snugly against the doorframe. Some doors may be held open on magnets, which will release to allow the door to close if a fire alarm is activated.
You can find out more about what to check and why on a fire door on the Fire Door Safety Week 5 step, fire door checker.
Regular inspection and maintenance
We are legally responsible for fire doors in all communal areas of our shared buildings and blocks. We check all communal fire doors during our fire risk assessment process. Our Estate Services team undertake fire door checks, during their regular visits to our blocks too.
If you think there is an issue with a fire door in your building, please contact us to report it. Our contact centre team will arrange for a contractor to attend and fix any potential faults.