Digitalquill, East Yorkshire’s RFID systems and Hull fire door inspection specialist, are pleased to support Fire Door Safety Week. The event runs from Monday 25 September to 1 October and so we will be making blog posts every day this week to help you with fire door monitoring and how best to meet your obligations under the RRO (Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005) about fire doors. You can pledge your support for the Fire Door safety campaign by sharing our posts or tweeting with the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

Fire Door Safety – 5 Step Check

There are five key areas to be checked on your fire doors. You should record that the correct checks have been regularly done. These are only a rough guide, the full 31-point checklist is documented in the RRO and will be incorporated into a good fire door inspection system.

Fire Door Monitor from Digitalquill is a fire door inspection system that records your inspections safely in the cloud – no more paper checklists and no worries about missing your inspection.

1 – Certification

Look for a label on top (or occasionally on the side) of the fire door. Without this certification mark, you cannot be sure it really is a fire door. Use a mirror or the camera function on your camera phone.

Fire Door Label
Fire Door Certification

2 – Gaps

Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are less than 4mm when the door is closed. The gap under the door is allowed to be slightly larger (up to 8mm), but that does depend on the door. Ideally, you should not be able to see any light under the door. If the gaps are too big then smoke and fire could travel through the cracks. Use a £1 coin to get a feel for scale, they are about 3mm thick.

Fire Door Gap
Fire Door Gap

3 – Seals

Look for any intumescent seals around the door or frame. Check they are intact with no sign of damage. The seals will expand if they’re in contact with heat, and it will stop the fire (and sometime smoke)  from moving through the cracks.

Fire Door Seal
Fire Door Seal

4 – Hinges

Check all hinges are firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws. Be sure the door has been properly maintained, so in the intensity of a it fire will perform properly. Simply open the door to view the hinges.

Fire Door Hinge
Fire Door Hinge

5 – Closure

Check the door closes firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame. A fire door only works properly when it is closed. A fire door is completely useless if it’s wedged open or cannot close fully. To test: open the door about halfway, let go and see what happens when you allow it to close by itself.

Fire Door Not Closing Properly
Fire Door Not Closing Properly

If in doubt – Report Fire Door Faults

If you find any problems – report them and get them fixed. A good fire door inspection app like Fire Door Monitor will be able to automate the process by informing the responsible person under the RRO immediately by email or SMS with photographs of the issue.

Fire Door Inspection System

Safely Fitting a Fire Door

Fire Door Monitor – The Fire Door Inspection System

Digitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor is the complete fire door inspection system. It can be used as an app for recording fire door checks, or integrated with hardware using RFID systems. With the full fire door monitoring system, your responsible person is alerted by our fire door inspection software whenever one of your fire doors has been propped open for a defined amount of time, so you can keep discipline even if you cannot constantly watch every fire door.

Using our fire door inspection app, you can easily record RRO-compliant 31-point checks on fire doors with no paper lists to keep track of, and you can add or amend checks to suit your business needs. Call us on 01482 424402, email or visit our website for more information.