Majority of UK fire doors fail inspections

15 July 2022

According to data collected by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors do not meet the required standard leading them to warn of a “tragedy waiting to happen.”

The data showed that out of more than 100,000 fire door inspections carried out by its approved inspectors in 2021, 75% of fire doors failed to meet the required standards, putting lives at risk in the event of a fire.

In 2019, FDIS found that 76% of the fire doors it inspected were condemned as not fit for purpose, meaning there has only been a 1% improvement over the last two years.

Healthcare buildings, local authorities and housing associations, and private housing were the types of buildings with the highest number of fire door inspection failures. The FDIS highlights that because these buildings’ fire doors are subject to higher use and traffic than other building types, regular inspection and maintenance is key to ensuring they remain fit for purpose throughout their lifespan.

The most common reasons for the fire doors failing their inspection were:

  • excessive gaps between the door and the frame (77%)
  • care and maintenance issues (54%)
  • issues over smoke sealing (37%)
  • improper installation (31%)

The inspection data also revealed inspectors’ top three fire safety concerns as a lack of fire door maintenance, and poor knowledge of fire safety responsibilities and a limited understanding of the role fire doors play in keeping people safe by those responsible for building fire safety. 

It’s clear then that businesses need help and guidance when it comes to fire safety, and complying with fire safety guidelines.

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We appreciate that organisations who are responsible for a large portfolio of properties, such as those within the healthcare, local authority or housing association sectors, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of the requirements of each individual building. However, our fire safety consultancy service can help you overcome these difficulties. This is particularly useful around the fire door survey and data above, as not all fire doors are created equal! There needs to be a clear understanding of the location of the fire doors, their function and what areas they are designed to protect from fire and smoke. That’s where our consultancy service comes in.

As part of our fire safety consultancy service we can ensure that appropriate fire provisions are installed such as fire alarms, emergency lighting, extinguishers and fire doors, as well as ensuring adequate fire resistance/compartmentation for your type of premises.

But we offer so much more than that. As your fire safety consultants we become a true extension of your business advising you on your existing documentation and procedures before confirming if they provide the correct level of information and detail in order to be compliant. Additionally, we’ll assess your current risk levels and existing action and emergency plans so that we can then make recommendations on any further action you could take to improve your policies to assist you with a route to compliance.

To find out more about how our fire safety consultancy service can benefit your business, contact us at Total Fire Group.


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