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60% of respondents unaware of fire door inspection requirement

28 September 2017

A survey conducted to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week, which ends on 1 October, has revealed that 60% of those responding are unaware of how often a fire door should be inspected.

Nearly 25% of respondents also stated that they do not what length of time a standard fire door would given them to escape in the event of a fire.

Conducted by Horbury Property Services, the company has confirmed that BS 9999 provides the correct code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings.

This states that fire doors should be inspected every six months, which was only correctly answered by 40% of those completing the survey.

Just over 30% of respondents thought fire doors should be inspected once a year and 30% stating they thought these should only be checked as part of a fire risk assessment.

A further 24% were unaware that most fire doors give occupants just 30 minutes before smoke and gases could start to penetrate, with most believing they would have one hour.

It was believed that the occupier is responsible for inspecting fire doors by 12% of respondents, who were unaware that this is the duty of the landlord or building owner.

The important properties of a fire door - including hinges, glazing, signage, door-closer and ironmongery - were not known by 36%.

Horbury Property Services general manager Richard Sutton said: "Fire doors play an extremely important role in ensuring compartmentation of a building, enabling occupants to escape or be safe in the event of a fire.

"Regular inspections, at least six monthly, are vital to ensure the life saving properties of a fire door are retained and smoke, toxic gases and fire are not able to enter the space within a given timeframe.

"The doors can only do this effectively if they are fully maintained," he said.

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