Where Are Fire Doors Required in Commercial Buildings?

25 September 2023

Fire doors are an essential component of keeping a building safe from the damage and danger to life that fire causes. By keeping the blazes at bay, they also give first responders crucial extra time. In this blog for Fire Door Safety Week, we are focusing on where these key parts of your fire safety arsenal can best be placed in your commercial building.

What Features Make Fire Doors so Important?

Fire doors have a set of requirements that make them an effective defence method against fire. These are:

  • At least three heat resistant hinges
  • One or more type of seals (intumescent, smoke & acoustic seals)
  • Fire resistant glazing – specially tempered to withstand high heat
  • Adequate signage
  • An automatic door closer

Different Types of Fire Doors

Fire doors – depending on where they are and in what sort of building – have different levels of protection. Some are ranked by the length of time they keep a fire at bay – e.g. FD30, FD60 and so on. Others are differentiated by where they are placed – for example a fire exit door that allows for easy access to the outdoors for people to escape in an emergency.

In many cases, an FD30 is sufficient, but depending on the accessibility of the room and how long it would take for emergency services to reach it, this may increase. 

Escape Routes

In commercial buildings, fire doors are required to create a clear horizontal and vertical escape route through the building. 

  • A horizontal route directs people to a safe area – be that a fireproof room or to the outside of the building.
  • Vertical escape routes direct people to a stairwell as lifts cannot be used in the case of a fire.

Fire Door Inspections

Once fire doors are in place, it is also the job of the Responsible Person to ensure that they are regularly inspected and replaced when needed. With wear and tear – especially in communal spaces – and ever-changing regulations, regular inspections are imperative. 

At Total Fire Group, we offer comprehensive fire door inspections and surveys to help you get the most out of your fire doors. 

In the commercial sector, a surprising 75% of fire doors fail to meet crucial standards, putting businesses’ fire safety at risk. It’s a sobering fact that underscores the importance of regular fire door surveys and maintenance by qualified professionals.

At Total Fire Group, we approach fire door inspections differently from many other companies. Our assessments are rooted in risk management, focusing on enhancing safety rather than just pointing out flaws. We meticulously evaluate every element of your fire doors, ensuring they effectively serve their purpose.

If you’ve had disappointing fire door inspections or received inadequate advice in the past, we’re here to change that narrative. Don’t compromise on fire safety, contact the team for more information. 

More About Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week is an annual event that aims to increase awareness about the importance of fire doors and the vital role they play in saving and protecting lives. 

From business owners and building users through to fire door installers, it aims to ensure that everyone understands their responsibilities when it comes to fire doors.

This year’s event runs from 25th – 29th September. For more information or to get involved, check the Fire Door Safety Week website


We offer our clients a complete fire safety management service, our key services include:

Fire Risk Assessments

Delivering a comprehensive and detailed report on your property.

Fire Safety Consultancy

We can provide a partnership which offers auditing and consultancy services.

Fire Risk Management Software

Manage multiple risk assessment actions with our Aurora software.

Fire Safety Training

Our fire safety training courses cover every level of fire safety, from basic through to advanced.