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From large office buildings to small community hubs, covering all manner of shopping, corporate, and leisure areas included, fire doors are not just recommended but ingrained in the health and safety measures of all commercial spaces.

What this means, is that besides the need for checks and risk assessments, fire door inspection is a regular routine – ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of each door as an integral part of a fire emergency escape plan. Here at South East Asbestos, we offer fire door inspections as part of our comprehensive service – helping to ensure that interior spaces are protected from both fire and the presence of harmful substances which include both asbestos and smoke. And we adhere to the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022


What does a fire door inspection involve?

If you own, operate, or manage a commercial space, then you will be familiar with the glaring green sign and the metal bar which signifies the presence of a fire escape door. In addition to these, commercial buildings across all sectors also have a network of fire doors which, in the event of a fire, must be kept closed to slow the spread of the fire.

These doors are generally located at the entry and exit points of each floor or area of a building and are designed to keep escape routes as clear and as safe as possible for extended periods of time, if and when a fire should break. In addition to preventing the spread of the fire itself, these doors prevent the movement of smoke, keeping entire areas of a building protected for longer.


An inspection is generally broken down into two main parts – the first is a more regular visual inspection which can be carried out by a member of your inhouse team who is experienced and fully fire safety the trained. The second is a comprehensive assessment survey which must be carried out by a trained contractor.

How often should fire doors be inspected?

On average, fire doors should be visually checked over regularly, ensuring that there are no gaps around the door and that the hinges are fully operational. The frame of the door should be lined with an intumescent strip and cold smoke seal to keep the door tight in its frame when closed, and the pane of glass should be fully intact and coated in fire-resistant glazing.

A comprehensive fire door inspection must be carried out once every six months at the very least. A new building should be subject to more regular checks in the first couple of years of use.

How is a fire door inspected?

A comprehensive inspection from the team at South East Asbestos or a similar organisation will involve the fire door inspector checking not just the door and the frame itself, but the mechanics which impact the operations of the door – including the handle, hinges, lock function, the seals within the frame, and all signage in the surrounding vicinity.

The idea behind the inspection is to identify any weak points or issues, so that they can be rectified in advance of the door being needed to save the lives of you and your team.

It is important to note that fire door inspections fall under the responsibility of the site manager or duty manager, who should keep in regular contact with their chosen contractor to ensure regular checks and reports are carried out and filed. If needs be, suggested remedial actions will be advised with a comprehensive report.


What to do next?

Get in touch with the team at South East Asbestos to book in your full fire door inspection – putting the safety of your team and clients at the forefront of your operational plan.

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