What Are The Fire Door Regulations for Commercial Buildings?

While fires are, thankfully, relatively uncommon, the risk can never be totally excluded in commercial buildings. As a property manager or safety manager, you have responsibility for implementing fire regulations so that, if a blaze breaks out, its ability to spread uncontained is restricted. Fire doors are a crucial tool in the fight against fires and, at Mila Maintenance, our professionally trained engineers help property managers and landlords to comply with commercial fire door regulations.

What Fire Regulations Are In Place?

In existing buildings, two sets of regulations apply that property managers or safety managers should be aware of: the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005, and Approved Document B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations.

Approved Document B (Fire Safety) requires a package of fire safety information to be created and given to a ‘Responsible Person’ for the premises at the end of a construction project, or where a building is first occupied.

Regulation 16B requires that where building work is carried out that affects Fire Safety, and where the building affected will be covered by the Regulator Reform (Fire Safety) Ordre 2005, the person carrying out the work must provide sufficient information for persons to operate and maintain the building in reasonable safety.

The Responsible Person is required to carry out fire risk assessments and maintain a fire management plan. Where contractors have control over a building, they will need to consider their obligations, as will any person who provides accommodation for guests, such as hoteliers.

Buildings for some particular industrial and commercial activities presenting a special fire hazard, e.g. those involved with the sales of fuels may require additional precautions to those detailed in the approved document.

Where Should Fire Doors Be Fitted?

The finer details governing the installation of fire doors is contained in Approved Document B (Fire Safety) of the Building Regulations. This document stipulates how all buildings must be sectioned off into compartments to ensure that escape routes, such as stairways, are protected in the event of a fire.

  • Commercial properties: the guidance is subdivided into two parts: horizontal and vertical escape routes.

To ensure that fire doors are installed in line with regulations, it is advisable to consult an expert in the area of fire safety who can offer precise advice based on the latest regulations.

Fire Doors: What Are The Responsible Person’s Obligations?

Fire door inspections are a vital part of the Responsible Person’s obligations so, to ensure these are conducted correctly, all relevant information regarding fire door components must be available, including their assembly.

A fire door comprises several components, including the door leaf, frame, seals, and hardware. If the components are not assembled correctly, the door will be rendered unable to perform correctly should a fire occur. The use of inappropriate or incorrect components also severely affects a fire door’s ability to operate effectively, potentially putting people in danger. That’s why it pays to get it right.

As the Responsible Person, your focus should be on ensuring that fire door installation and maintenance complies with all relevant regulations and legislation. By working with an expert installer such as Mila Maintenance, you can be confident that your premises’ fire doors will perform exceptionally should a blaze occur.

Expert Fire Door Installation and Maintenance From Mila Maintenance

At Mila Maintenance, our installation and maintenance team are professionally trained and accredited to ensure that fire doors in your premises meet stringent regulations.

To find out more about how we can help you to comply with fire door regulations, please get in touch or send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.
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