Fire doors in business premises

About 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK. But to save lives, fire doors must work correctly.

Fire doors are part of a building’s passive fire protection system and are fundamental to most fire strategies for buildings.  They provide critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building

Importance of fire doors

  • To save lives, fire doors must work correctly

  • Fire doors must be tested and third-party certificated to BS 476 Part 22 or BS EN 1634 Part 1

  • Fire doors must be fitted with the correct and compatible components suited to the door leaf and its purpose

  • Like any fire safety device, fire doors should be installed and maintained by competent people

  • A fire door’s performance should never be compromised

  • Correct glazing and ironmongery must be used on fire doors

  • You must never alter or adapt the door leaf on site

  • Correct frames must be used

  • Intumescent seals must be used

  • Ensure good installation and maintenance

  • Never prop a fire door open

Fire doors - what to do

  • Specify and use third-party certificated fire doors and components

  • Buy fire doors, frames and components from certificated companies

  • Check the certificate matches the door

  • Make sure you have the correct certification for the door’s intended use

  • Install and maintain fire doors using competent personnel

  • Make sure that ironmongery components are CE marked

Fire doors - don't

  • Fit a fire door like any other door – it’s not, it’s an engineered safety device

  • Cut vision panels and other holes on site

  • Patch up a fire door

  • Take risks by reducing the specification

  • Disconnect a fire door closer

  • Prop or wedge open a fire door

How Safe are Your Fire Doors?

Last updated: Friday 28 February 2020