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Fire Door MonitorIt is extremely dangerous to ever wedge or prop open a fire door. It puts the safety of the occupants at risk if there is a fire. Fire doors need to be kept closed to prevent fire and smoke from being able to spread. Legally, if you wedge open a fire door and puts someone’s life at risk, you could be liable for some significant penalties, including a hefty fine.

Why are fire doors necessary?

Fire doors are there to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. They are designed to withstand fire for a certain length of time to protect building occupants while they are evacuated – providing they are shut. Keeping fire doors closed is usually achieved with a self-closing device. They are a vital part of a building’s fire strategy, but they can only do their job if they are always kept closed.

If a fire door is prevented from closing, the fire can spread quicker, putting occupants in danger. Fire doors are marked with a sign that says: ‘Fire door, keep shut’. If you see a fire door propped open with a wedge, fire extinguisher, chair, plant etc., you need to make sure it is removed so the door stays shut.

Why do people wedge open fire doors?

Despite the dangers, people still do it. We know that closed doors can be a pain. Fire doors are heavy so can be a struggle for frail people and those with mobility issues. But leaving fire doors propped open is dangerous to others. Most importantly, it is against the law!

Fire Door Safety System

64% of premises visited by the Fire Service are found to have fire doors wedged open. Our Fire Door Monitor system can be set up with hardware so that the responsible person is notified whenever a fire door is kept open for a certain period of time, so it can be addressed. You can also use it to record that you have completed all of the checks you need to do by law. Call us on 01482 424402 to find out more, or visit https://www.digitalquill.co.uk/software/fire-door-monitor/ to find out more.

 

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety Week

We are proud to have supported Fire Door Safety Week 2017 from Monday 25th September to today, 1st October. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog posts and learning about our fire door monitoring software.

Sophie’s story

We end our week of blogs with the tragic story of Sophie’s Rosser – which explains the terrible consequences of getting fire safety wrong.

Sophie Rosser was returning to her flat in Canary Wharf in London back in August 2012 when she saw that the building was alight and rushed inside to inform her fiancé. Despite the coroner criticising safety failings, the death of the Cardiff-born 23-year-old was deemed to be accidental.The Coroner Mary Hassell told the 2014 inquest into her death, that Ms Rosser’s death could well have been avoided if a self-closing fire door was not stuck open.

If there is one message to be taken from these events, it is that every time you walk through a fire door, you should make sure it closes properly behind you.

Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week was set up by the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme. We would like to thank them for drawing attention to fire door safety and we are sure that lives will be saved as a result of their efforts.

Fire door safety week aimed to:

  • raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors
  • encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doorsand report those that aren’t satisfactory.
  • To link togetherthe initiatives of many organisations in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
  • To engage and educatepeople in the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.

Fire Door Monitor – System for Fire Door Inspections

Don’t neglect fire door inspection: Digitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor is a fire door inspection app that makes compliance with the Fire Safety Order simple. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety Week

Regulatory Reform OrderDigitalquill are proud to support Fire Door Safety Week. It runs from Monday 25th September to 1st October, and we have been putting out blog posts every day to advise you about fire door monitoring. You can pledge your support for Fire Door Safety Week by sharing posts on Twitter with hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek. Today we look in more detail at the Regulatory Reform Order 2005.

Fire Door Facts – The Regulatory Reform Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) also known as the Fire Safety Order (FSO) is the piece of legislation that businesses need to comply with. It was signed into law on 7 June 2005, and its provisions came into force on 1 October 2006. The responsibility for fire risk assessment in all non-domestic buildings falls to the ‘Responsible Person’ or ‘Responsible Persons’.

The RRO applies to you if you are:

  • Responsible for business premises
  • An employer or self-employed with business premises
  • Responsible for a part of a dwelling – if that part is solely used for business purposes
  • A charity or voluntary organisation
  • A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • Providing accommodation for paying guests

What Must the Responsible Person Do?

The Responsible Person must:

  • Ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is carried out and reviewed on a regular basis
  • Identify & record the fire hazards
  • Identify & record the people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or mitigate fire safety risks
  • Prepare an emergency plan & provide training
  • Review & update the fire risk assessment regularly
  • Part of this risk assessment and fire management plan must consider the safe installation, maintenance & inspection of fire doors.

Fire Door Safety – What happens if you get it wrong?

Fire Door Monitor – Record Fire Door Inspections Electronically

Digitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor is the comprehensive fire door inspection system you have been waiting for. Using RFID systems, the responsible person is alerted by the fire door inspection software when a fire door is left open. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

Fire Door inspection

Fire Door inspection

East Yorkshire’s RFID Systems experts, Digitalquill, are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. It runs from Monday 25th September 2017 to 1st October 2017. We have been putting out blog posts every day this week. We hope you have found our advice you about fire door monitoring and meeting your obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 useful. There are two more days to do, and you can still pledge your support for the Fire Door safety campaign until Sunday by sharing our posts or tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

There are some untruths bandied around when it comes to fire doors – don’t be myth-taken with this Mythbusting feature courtesy of the Fire Door Safety Week website.

Fire Door Myths – Busted

MYTH Standard doors can be made into fire doors by fitting larger doorstops to the existing frame.

TRUTH Additional doorstops do not turn a standard door into a fire door. A fire door requires all items to meet the specification stated on the fire door certificate.

 

MYTH Painting a door with fire retardant paint makes it a fire door.

TRUTH BWF Certifire would not recognise this as a fire door. A fire door is made up of many compatible and fire tested materials and components, all listed on the fire door certificate. A lick of paint will not turn a standard door into a fire door.

 

MYTH Any lock can be fitted onto a fire door because it’s made of metal, and metal doesn’t burn in a fire.

TRUTH You can only fit a fire tested and compatible lock as listed on the fire door certificate as excessive removal of material from the door leaf can impact performance in a fire. Metal gets hot in a fire, so don’t forget the intumescent protection if needed.

 

MYTH If a fire door is too big, it can be cut down to fit.

TRUTH A fire door can only be trimmed by the amount permitted on the manufacturers fitting instructions and fire door certificate. Resizing doors outside of the limitations set on the fire door certificate invalidates certification.

 

MYTH The gap between the fire door and the frame doesn’t matter

TRUTH The dimension of the gap around the entire perimeter of the door is critical to preventing the passage of toxic fumes and smoke in the event of a fire. On a fire door with smoke seals this gap is commonly 3mm but always check the fitting instructions or the fire door certificate.

 

MYTH People can fit their own glazed panels in fire doors.

TRUTH To manufacture a fire door with a glazed panel requires a number of correct components and should only be carried out by someone who is licensed and trained to do so. Cutting holes in doors for vision panels on site invalidates fire door certification

 

MYTH Fire doors have to be assessed by the fire brigade.

TRUTH Since October 2006, it is the responsible person’s duty to carry out fire risk assessments. The fire service does not carry out fire risk assessments of commercial or industrial premises.

 

MYTH I have a fire risk assessment, therefore, I cannot be prosecuted.

TRUTH Simply having a fire risk assessment does not make you fully compliant. It just acts as a method to identify and quantify risk.

 

MYTH I’ve never had a Fire Officer visit so I don’t need to bother with the Fire Legislation.

TRUTH All non-domestic premises must adhere to the Fire Safety Order 2005 regardless of whether they have had a visit from a Fire Officer or not. By not adhering to this you and your organisation are risking prosecution or a hefty fine. Find out more

Fire Door Monitor – RFID Systems for Fire Door Inspection

Fire Door Monitor is our fire door inspection software. We use RFID systems along with software so that your responsible person can be alerted if a fire door is left propped open. Our fire door inspection app lets you record 31-point checks on all your fire doors. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

fire door inspection

Digitalquill, the leading RFID Systems specialist in the East Yorkshire area, are proud to be supporting Fire Door Safety Week between Monday 25th September to 1st October. We are putting out blog posts every day this week about fire door inspection, fire door monitoring and your obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 regarding fire doors. You can pledge to support for Fire Door Safety Week by sharing our blog posts and tweeting with the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

Today, it’s not just about recording your inspections with our fire door inspection app – you need to know what you are looking for in your checks.

 

5 Most Common Fire Door Faults

1: Many faulty fire doors have fire or smoke seals missing, installed incorrectly or not filling perimeter gaps correctly.

Fire Door Seal
Fire Door Seal

2: The door frame is also an area to check for gaps. There should be no more than 3mm of space around the top and sides, and no more than 8mm between the floor and the bottom of the door when it is closed.

Fire Door Gap
Fire Door Gap

3: The door leaf (the covering on the face) is a critical part of the design. If it is chipped, cracked or peeling off then the door must be replaced.

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Damaged fire door face

4: The proper signs must appear on all fire doors. And if it says “Fire door keep shut” then it should never be propped open. Fire Door Monitor, our fire door inspection software, can inform you if this happens.

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5: Your fire door should have suitable hinges. If not, they could fail in a fire and it could create even more of a hazard.

Fire Door Hinge
Fire Door Hinge

Fire Door Monitor –Fire Door Inspection Software

Fire Door Monitor is our complete fire door inspection system. Using the power of RFID systems, the responsible person in your organisation can be alerted by the fire door inspection software whenever a fire door is left propped open, so you can keep discipline even if you can’t be everywhere at once. Using the fire door inspection app, you can record a 31-point check on fire doors, and you can add or amend checks to suit your need. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety WeekDigitalquill, Hull’s RFID Systems specialist, are proud to support the Fire Door Safety Week initiative. Between Monday 25th September to 1st October we will be putting out blog posts to advise you on fire door monitoring and how to meet your fire door inspection obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 (RRO). You can pledge your support for Fire Door Safety Week by sharing our posts and tweeting with the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

Fire Doors – Did You Know…?

  • Around 2.5 million certified fire doors are bought and installed in the UK every single year
  • 75% of tradespeople have noticed a fire door that is blocked or obstructed when working with businesses
  • 58% have spotted accessibility problems with fire doors in commercial and public buildings
  • 63% say that the most common fault they see is fire doors that do not close properly

Make Sure Your Fire Doors are Kept Closed

It can be tough to keep an eye on all of your fire doors, especially if your business spans multiple sites. The responsible person under the Regulatory Reform Order cannot be everywhere at once, and in smaller businesses, it is simply impossible to employ an army of fire wardens. The penalties for breaching the rules on fire safety are stiff, though – and the consequences are not worth thinking about if a fire broke out and you had not kept your fire doors well maintained.

Fire Door Monitor – The Fire Door Inspection App

Digitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor is a complete fire door inspection system. It uses RFID systems to ensure that doors are kept closed, and your responsible person is alerted immediately by the fire door inspection software when a fire door is kept open for too long. Using our fire door inspection app, you can even record 31-point checks on your fire doors, saving you time and keeping proper records automatically. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

Fire Door Inspection System

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 office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety Week

Digitalquill, the East Yorkshire RFID Systems specialist, are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. It runs from Monday 25th September to 1st October, and we will be putting out blog posts every day this week to advise you about fire door monitoring and meeting your obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 when it comes to fire doors. You can pledge your support for the Fire Door safety campaign by sharing our posts and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

Fire Door Inspection System Fire Door Safety WeekFire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week aims to raise awareness of one of the most critical fire safety elements in commercial buildings: fire doors. It was created by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door Scheme, along with the British Woodworking Federation and the United Kingdom Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS). The fire door safety initiative is designed to raise awareness of the role fire doors play in protecting people and businesses from the dangers of fire. Particular attention is being drawn to issues such as poor fire door installation and fire door inspections.  Building owners and users are being encouraged to properly check the condition of their fire doors – and repair or replace any that aren’t up to standard.

Fire Door Facts

About three million fire doors are bought and installed in the United Kingdom every single year. The vast majority of these are made from timber. Fire doors are designed to be one of the first lines of defence against smoke and fire. Fitting correctly specified and maintained fire doors can be the difference between life and death for a building’s occupant in the event of a fire. Fire doors are frequently neglected or downgraded, and they tend to be propped open and badly maintained which reduces their effectiveness.

Use a Fire Door Inspection System

Fire Door Safety Week aims to engage and educate people about the benefits of having a fire door inspection system. It hopes to make every property owner aware of the correct inspection and maintenance regime for their fire doors.

Fire Safety Week – Get involved

To get regular updates on the campaign and the events that are scheduled throughout the week, you can follow Fire Door Safety Week on Twitter using the hashtag #firedoorsafetyweek or read the website www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk.

Fire Door Monitor – The Fire Door Inspection System

Digitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor is a complete fire door inspection system. Using RFID systems, your responsible person can be alerted by our fire door inspection software whenever a fire door is propped open for too long, so you can keep fire door discipline even if you cannot be at every site 24/7. Using our fire door inspection app, you can record 31-point checks on fire doors, and add or amend checks to suit your business. Call us on 01482 424402, email office@digitalquill.co.uk or visit our website for more information.

 

Fire Door Monitor RFID Systems

Our Fire Door Monitor system is renowned for being one of the most flexible, unintrusive ways to meet Fire Safety requirements. Fire Door Monitor uses RFID systems to monitor doors and alerts management when fire doors are propped open. This helps fire wardens to fulfil their legal responsibilities and provides unequivocal evidence that is securely stored offsite.

Track and Report on Open Doors and Windows

Fire Door Monitor RFID SystemsFire door monitor has many other uses: One of our clients uses the system to monitor the roller door on their warehouse door. If the door is left open, then it costs extra to heat the building and puts security at risk. Before installing the Fire Door Monitor system. They had problems with staff leaving it open and people would walk into the building off the street. The system now allows the managers in the office to monitor the door and call down and ask for it to be closed whenever it is left open

The system can also be set up to automatically monitor whether windows are closed. This savis time for security guards when locking up buildings, or you could use the system to check that cold room or fridge/freezer doors are kept closed.

Fire door monitor really is the most versatile RFID enabled door and inspection monitoring system on the market today.

RFID Systems for Monitoring Doors

Fire Door Monitor uses RFID transponders placed at each door or window. The software manages inspection schedules and informs a specific person whenever inspections are due. Magnetic catches can be installed onto each door or window, which will allow it only to be open for a maximum specified time before  the system sends an SMS or email alert. A full reporting suite makes it possible to see which doors or windows are being opened and for how long.

Easy to Install Wirefree Fire Door Monitoring

Fire Door Monitor is easy to install in your building. As it is a cloud-based system, it links to your existing internet gateway. It can even be used as a self-contained system over a 3G or 4G mobile connection. With mobile connectivity, there is no need to run wires. We attach wireless devices to each door or window within range of the Hub. Repeaters are used to extend the range of the hub which is connected to the internet via your existing gateway or self-contained 3G.

Low-Cost Door Monitoring

Fire Door Monitor is available for a low monthly fee. All you need to purchase up front are the hardware sensors and the connection hub. Call us today on 01482 424402 or email support@digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

NFC Grabber from Digitalquill

If you need to integrate your Android hardware with RFID systems, then Digitalquill’s NFC Grabber app is the affordable RFID solution you have been looking for.

NFC Grabber from DigitalquillNFC Grabber uses the Near Field Communication (NFC) or High-Frequency Radio Frequency Identification (HF RFID) sensor built into your existing Android devices and allows them to be effectively integrated into RFID systems for applications such as inspection monitoring or asset management. NFC grabber is affordable and can be bought with a one-off licence for a single device. We can also assist with licencing of multiple devices and users, and we supply a number of systems that can integrate with the app to facilitate your business process or bring RFID technology to your business in an affordable way.

NFC Grabber App

NFC is a high-frequency RFID technology. Each NFC transponder is embedded with a unique code that can be used in inspection monitoring, asset management, access control, staff time clocking and many other applications.

The NFC Grabber app uses your Android devices’ built-in NFC scanners to capture the unique identification numbers from your HF RFID transponders and then use them in a variety of ways:

  • Create a global variable – a global variable with the value of the read is stored in the device, and can be read from another app
  • Send to server – the read is uploaded to a specified server address
  • Send to keyboard – the read can be used in a text input field within any other app, through a keyboard interface

Digtialquill’s NFC Grabber app allows NFC scanning to be incorporated easily into any Android app, and provides a low-cost integrated solution to implementing high-frequency RFID scanning capabilities.

Digitalquill – Experts in RFID Systems

NFC Grabber is available from the Android Play Store. It will work with any Android device with a built-in NFC reader. For queries about bulk purchases of licences or for more information call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.