Fire Doors

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At Holmes Carpentry we inspect and repair existing Fire Doors across Louth, Meath and Dublin to ensure 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 with minimal disruption. Check out the information provided below to see how we can help.

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 doorset.
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 doorset, and can only work correctly if installed using the same compatible components as when it was tested.

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

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.

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