These fines are applied for a range of reasons; everything from ineffective smoke alarms to inadequate fire doors. Read about the Top 25 most expensive fire safety breaches and remember that it could cost you up to £400,000 for a serious breach.
A fire door is one of the most important fire safety products on your premises. The simple purpose of a fire door in everyday use is just like any other door.
In event of a fire, the fire doors create a protected route to safety and slow down the escalation of fires by withstanding the attack of fire for a period of time (usually 30 minutes).
A properly fitted and maintained fire door can help to suppress a fire and restrict its initial development by limiting the amount of oxygen available to it. It will also create a sealed barrier against smoke and flames!
A recent survey where 677 doors were inspected at thirty-one different sites resulted in the identification of 2,506 faults including:
- Problems with fire or smoke seals
- Incorrect signage
- Gaps bigger than 3mm between the door and its frame
- Unsuitable hinges
- Damage to the door.
What to look for when checking fire door:
Door leaf carries a third-party certification
Gap between door and frame not more than 3mm
Intumescent or Smoke Seals intact around the door
- Fire-tested ironmongery fitted
- At least 3 x CE marked hinges
- Functioning door closing devices
- Correct signage
- Door not wedged open.
Have you had your fire doors surveyed recently?
Picaw can help do a full fire safety assessment on your premises and give you peace of mind that you're not going to be found in breach of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and potentially receive a massive fine.
"Isn't it better to be safe than sorry?"
Call me on 0845 287 3622 or click here to send an email enquiry and let's arrange your assessment to ensure your premises are safe.