Fire doors in homes

Fire doors save lives and property.

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

A fire door in the annexe of a house in Chester prevented a fire taking hold of the whole property. This case is a perfect example of how important fire doors are when a fire breaks out both in the home and the workplace. Fire doors play a critical element in saving lives and property. 

View more about this incident, where the Fire door prevented the house fire spreading. 

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 - 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

Poster - for landlords

Here's a poster that landlords can use, to inform tenants about the importance of fire doors:

Fire door poster (new window, PDF 50KB)

Video - How safe are your fire doors?

Video - top tips for installing a fire door

Fact cards - information about fire doors

A number of Fact Cards about fire doors are available for FREE download, using the following link: 

Fact cards - fire doors (opens in new window)

Last updated: Tuesday 15 September 2015