Fire Doors

At Holmes Carpentry we inspect and repair existing Fire Doors across Louth, Meath and Dublin to ensure Fire Door Compliance and that they will function correctly and as intended in your building in the event of a fire. We can also upgrade any existing non-compliant doors to the appropriately rated Fire Doors FD30, FD60 or FD90 with minimal disruption. Check out the information provided below to see how we can help you comply with the current Fire Safety Regulations and Insurance requirements. Ineffective fire doors endanger lives and are in breach of fire safety law. Effective fire doors will restrict the spread of fire and smoke, and therefore preserve protected escape routes and help people escape safely in the event of a fire. We will recommend the most cost effective way to deal with repair issues on any failing fire doors saving you money.

Q: A door’s a door, right?”

A: Wrong!, a fire door is an engineered safety device that is a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

In everyday use the simple purpose of a fire door is just as any other door. However, since the break—out of a fire is never predictable, a fire door, unlike any other door must perform to its prime purpose – to delay the spread of fire and smoke therefore protecting lives and property.

When a fire happens, it is the compartmentalisation of fire through the correct specification and installation of well-maintained fire doors that buy us time, creating safe refuge and a protected route for the emergency services to come to our aid.

Fire Doors must be fitted by a competent installer, in accordance with manufacturer’s fitting instructions.

Fire Doors need to be regularly inspected as part of the building fire risk assessment. Regular inspection identifies faults before they impact performance of the door.

Regular maintenance of fire doors with compatible products helps to keep them fit for purpose and in full working order.

What is a fire door and how is it tested?

The term ‘fire door’ usually refers to a fire door leaf, the main component of a fire door assembly or door set.
The door leaf is installed into a fire-rated frame, complete with its ‘essential ironmongery’ to make the door perform correctly in the event of a fire.
The door is tested as a complete assembly or door set, and can only work correctly if installed using the same compatible components as when it was tested. Fire doors have become an important part of a building which is known as a passive fire protection system. It has become an important thing in all public buildings commercial offices and factories. The right choice of fire doors ensures the safety of the visitors as it gives a safe Passage to escape the property in case of fire. It keeps the fire and smoke away from the area where it starts and protects your important things or compartment safe.

Q: How safe are your fire doors?

A: Fire doors play a very important role in building safety in the event of a fire they compartimilise the building and this hopefully will allow people time to get out of the building or provide safety in an area until such time as they can be rescued.

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is another major organisation that provides fire door ratings. BWF fire ratings for fire door assemblies are stated in minutes and prefixed by the letters ‘FD’: e.g. FD30 refers to a 30-minute fire door or fire doorset; in other words, one that offers at least 30 minutes of protection against fires.

The most commonly specified integrity levels are:

FD30 – 30 minutes

FD60 – 60 minutes

FD90 – 90 minutes

FD120 – 120 minutes

As part of the steps being taken by the BWF to simplify fire door identification and eliminate confusion in specification, the existing FD20 rating is no longer available.

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Guide to Fire Door Maintenance

Hinges : Ensure there is no wear and tear on the hinge any black marks or oil leaks indicate wear and they must be replaced immediately

Door closing device : Check that the device is working correctly and check that the door is wedged open and left with any item, Check that the door opens and closes easily and is not binding with the floor covering, open the door 5 degrees and check it closes correctly and again with 90 degrees and it engages with the latch. A closer should take approximately 10 seconds to close a 90 degree open door ensure it does not slam and if so adjust the speed as necessary.

Locks and lever handles :Check that all levers return to the horizontal after use and ensure the latch bolt is engaging smoothly and completely to the strike plate, clean any metal shaving adjust and lubricate and replace if necessary. Ironmongery Some hinges and door closers may need lubrication (check manufactures recommendations)

CE MARKING OF IRONMONGERY : CE marking is required under the Construction Products Directive To conform that building products which are place on the European market met the essential requirements that are set out in the CPD. Mechanical stability, Fire Safety, Health and environmental safety, Sound protection, energy efficiency. CE marking allow a simple route to satisfy the CPD which apply the directives to the EU. CE marked hinges tested to BS EN135 Should be used on fire smoke doors and on all escape routes. CE marking on all closing devices tested to BS 1154/55/58 HAS BEEN REQUIRED SINCE 1994

Our comprehensive inspection includes:

Door Leaf, Door Frame, Self Closing Devices, Hinges, Intumescent Seals, Glazing, Locks & Levers, Fire Signage, Hold Open Devices, Gaps/Margins around the Door, Door Construction

We offer full in depth reporting, maintenance, repair and replacement service to ensure that your building is safe from potential fire hazards giving you piece of mind

If you think the building you’re living in, working in or visiting has a faulty fire door, don’t walk by. Report it to whoever manages or owns the building. You could save a life that day.


The current legislation puts the responsibility for the fire safety of properties under control of building owners and managers.
It may be a requirement of your insurance policy to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and maintained, in order for them to be deemed fit for propose.

The risk assessment and the amount of traffic the doorway is subject to will determine the frequency of maintenance checks recommended:

  • Weekly Inspection for high usage doors, such as those in busy routes with hundreds of openings per day.
  • 3 Monthly check for doors in areas of high traffic such as main entrances and corridor doors.
  • 6 Month check for office or plant room service risers etc.

Just like other safety devices like fire alarms and fire extinguishers, fire doors are also important which requires a periodic inspection and maintenance to ensure the performance at the right time. In the workplace, office, school, hospital or at any commercial property, you can arrange for your inspection which will identify any issues or repairs needed to your Fire Doors or Ironmongery. In building’s of high use annual maintenance and service package are also available.


Fire Door Safety Week 2020 Holmes Carpentry

Holmes Carpentry Proudly Supporting Fire Door Safety Week 21-27 September 2020

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