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Fire Door Inspection System

Fire Safety is one of our passions at Digitalquill, and we have a special announcement to make on #TestitTuesday next week. One of our most popular products is Fire Door Monitor – an app and optional hardware solution to help businesses check their fire doors and even alert them if they are left propped open. Here’s (almost) everything you need to know about fire doors.

Fire Door Monitor – Helping Businesses Stay Safe from Fire

fire door inspection

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.

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

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.

How To Check A Fire Door

There are five key areas to check on each fire door. You should record that the correct checks have been regularly done. These are only guides, the full 31-point checklist is documented in the RRO and is incorporated into Fire Door Monitor from Digitalquill: 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 or plug on top (or occasionally on the side) of the door. Without a certification mark, you cannot be sure it really is a fire door. Use a mirror or the camera function on your camera phone.

2 – Gaps

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

3 – Seals

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

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, and in the intensity of a fire will perform properly. Simply open the door to view the hinges.

5 – Closure

Check the door closes firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame. A fire door only works when it’s closed. A fire door is completely useless if it’s wedged open or can’t 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 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.

 

Digitalquill’s Fire Door Inspection System was developed from recommendations from fire authorities and helps businesses to the requirements of the ‘Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and BS 9999.

Fire Door Inspection System

Fire Door Monitor is the most advanced Fire Door Inspection system on the market, using RFID systems to streamline and automate inspections and notify authorised persons when a fire door is been left open. The system operates with NFC, so there is no need to invest in new hand-held devices: your inspector can use an existing NFC-enabled mobile phone to complete inspections.

Secure Fire Safety Record Keeping

All records of checks are kept in the cloud, and updated whenever a data connection is available. This means a lost device need not mean lost data. Inspection schedules can be set up and managed within the system and management alerted if inspections are missed. Notifications can be made by email or SMS.

Fire Door Inspection App

Fire Door Monitor can be expanded to report on popped-open fire doors with magnetic catches being installed onto each fire door – so they can only be opened for a maximum specified time before an alert is sent to the fire officer.

Simple Fire Door Inspection Software

The process for users is straightforward:

  • Open the Fire Door Inspection App on a smartphone
  • Scan the fore door when prompted
  • Answer a series of questions by tapping a tick box on screen
  • If the check is a “fail”, give a reason why.
  • A ‘Fail’ generates a notification for further action to be taken.

If you wish, a unique embedded RFID transponder can be used to identify each fire door. Because they cannot be cloned, the transponder scan proves that the door was visited. If an area was failed in the last inspection, the app shows an icon onscreen to allow the inspector to see why it failed and check that the relevant remedial action has been taken.

RFID transponders are unobtrusive and easy to install. They are either a small disc 20mm across, or small glass device embedded in the door frame. Therefore, the system respects your corporate environment while keeping your staff safe.

Digitalquill – Experts in Fire Door Inspection Systems

Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

Fire Door Keep Shut

Fire Door Keep ShutIf your fire doors are left propped open they present a serious health and safety risk. Fire doors are intended only to be used for access and they should be left closed at all other times. If they are left propped open, then they are no longer an effective barrier against fire and smoke.

The Easiest Way To Improve Your Fire Safety Checks

There are also significant legal risks relating to the discharge of your responsibilities around fire safety, and businesses can be fined if their employees do not respect their fire doors. Fire Door Monitor from Digitalquill is an innovative solution that will allow your nominated fire safety representatives to discharge their legal responsibilities without being tied up in red tape.

Software to help comply with UK fire safety Laws

Fire door monitor can be used to monitor and maintain accurate records of the inspections youre nominated person carries out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in line with BS 9999. The law says that inspections must be carried out on every fire door at least every six months. The RRO legislation puts this responsibility onto a designated fire officer (which defaults to the owner or managing director of the company if no-one else is specifically named) to perform these inspections.

RFID Systems for Fire Safety

Fire Door Monitor uses RFID transponders which are placed on each fire door. The software coordinates the inspection schedules for you and informs the responsible person whenever an inspections is due. Magnetic catches are fitted onto each fire door, which means if it stays open for longer than a maximum specified time the system sends an SMS or email alert to the fire officer so they can visit the site. A full cloud reporting suite is available, so it is possible to see which fire doors are being opened – and for how long each time.

Easy to Install, Easy to Use

It is simple to integrate Fire Door Monitor into your building. As it is a cloud-based system, it can link to your internet gateway or – if necessary – it can even be used in a totally self-contained way by using a 3G connection provided by us. In this configuration, there are no wires, and you do not need to add data to your existing network infrastructure.  We simply attach special wireless devices to each door and make sure they all are within range of our Hub. We can use repeaters to extend the range of the hub further – and we connect to the internet via your existing gateway or using a self-contained mobile data connection.

Low-Cost Fire Door Monitoring

Fire Door Monitor software is available for an affordable monthly fee. The only thing you need to purchase up front are hardware sensors to be fitted to each door and the hub itself. You pay a monthly subscription for continued peace of mind and compliance with fire safety laws. Call us today on 01482 424402 or email support@digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

Roller Shutter Fire Door Monitor

Roller Shutter Fire Door MonitorFire Door Monitor from Digitalquill is renowned as one of the most flexible, unintrusive ways to meet your Fire Safety obligations. The system uses RFID systems to check fire doors are kept closed and alerts management if they are left propped open. This helps you fulfil your legal responsibilities and provides unequivocal evidence of compliance that is securely stored offsite in the cloud. It’s not just Fire Doors that need to be monitored – if you have a warehouse building or a shop with electronic shutters than you want to make sure they are kept closed for security purposes.

Alerts for Open Doors and Shutters

If you have a warehouse with a roller shutter, you probably have problems with staff leaving it open – especially in the summer. As a result, people might even walk into your building off the street! Our monitoring system allows management to constantly monitor the door so if it left open you can call down and ask for it to be closed. The system is flexible enough to be set up to automatically monitor other access points too – if you have a “closedown” routine at the end of the day you could use the system to make sure all the windows are closed. If you have temperature-controlled areas such as walk-in freezers, you could use the system to check that the doors to your cold room are kept closed. Fire door monitor is probably the most versatile door and inspection monitoring system using RFID systems.

RFID Systems for Inspections

The Inspection Monitoring part of the system uses a number of RFID transponders placed discreetly on each door or window you wish to monitor. The software can be configured with your inspection schedules to inform a specific person when a check needs to be done. Magnetic catches can be easily installed onto each door or window, which will alert you by email or SMS if it is opened for longer than a specified time. A full online reporting suite lets you see which doors or windows are being opened and how long they are staying that way.

Simple to Install Wirefree Door Monitoring System

Fire Door Monitor is simple to install in your building. Because it is a cloud-based system, it links up to your existing internet gateway. It can be used as a self-contained system over a 3G or 4G mobile connection if you prefer. When you use mobile connectivity, there will be no need to run lengthy wires around the building: We simply attach wireless devices to each door or window, with repeaters being used to extend the range of the central hub. The hub is connected to the internet through either your existing gateway or a mobile data connection.

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.

 

Fire Door Monitoring Software System

Fire Door Monitoring Software SystemThe ‘Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and BS 9999 stipulate that you have to complete checks for every fire door in your work premises. Fire Door Monitor from Digitalquill is the most advanced Fire Door Inspection app available today. Whether you want to simply record your inspections and keep a record for the fire authorities or use RFID systems to streamline and automate your fire door inspections, Fire Door Monitor can help.

Fire Door Inspection System

If you opt for the full Fire Door Monitor system, the NFC protocol ensures you do not need to invest in new hand-held devices: all the fire door inspector needs is an NFC-enabled mobile phone.

Full irrefutable records are retained in the cloud, and updated in real time. This means that losing a device need not mean losing data. Your fire door check records can be reported in real time using advanced web-based reporting tools.

Your inspection schedules can be set up and maintained entirely within the system and you are alerted when inspections are missed. Notifications can be received by email or SMS and you will not be bothered by endless notifications so long as everything is running as it should.

Fire Door Monitoring solution

The Fire Door Inspection part of the system can be integrated with our full Fire Door Monitor system: which incorporates magnetic catches on each fire door – alerting you after it has been opened for a specified time. This means that even if your nominated fire safety officer is not based on-site, their duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005 or any other national standards are fulfilled.

The system can register 31 or more checks and it allows the flexibility for administrators to switch various components on or off to suit your needs. For further customisation, you can add your own criteria to the system.

User Friendly Fire Door Software

The process for end users is simple: they open the Fire Door Inspection App on a smartphone, scan the door’s RFID tag, answer a series of questions by tapping on screen and, if the door fails a check, record a reason why. Failed checks generate a configurable notification to management.

The system uses embedded RFID systems to uniquely identify each fire door. RFID transponders cannot be cloned, so the transponder scan proves the door was visited. If a question was failed last time, the app can show an onscreen icon, so the inspector can check the relevant remedial action was been taken.

RFID transponders are unobtrusive and simple to install. They consist of either a 20mm disc, or an embedded glass transponder fitted inside the door frame. The system respects your corporate environment and keeps your staff safe.

Digitalquill – Experts in Fire Door Inspection Systems

Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

Fire Door Keep Shut

Fire Door Keep ShutFire Door Monitor makes sure your business complies with legislation by alerting you if fire doors are left propped open. The combined hardware and software platform can handle an unlimited number of fire doors. When combined with Inspection monitor it makes fire door checks simple.

Fire Door Checking System

If fire doors are left propped open, it can cause a significant health and safety risk. They should only be used for access and left closed at all other times in order to act as an effective fire and smoke barrier. It is common for staff – particularly on hot days – to prop the doors open which increases risk, and could result in a fail if a fire inspection is undertaken by the fire brigade. Fire Door Monitor is an innovative solution to allow your nominated fire safety representative to discharge their legal responsibilities.

Electronically Record Fire Door Checks

When Fire door monitor is installed in your building, magnetic catches are installed onto each door – allowing it to be opened only for a maximum specified time before sending an SMS and email alert to the nominated fire officer to visit the door and close it. Full reporting tools are available, and it is possible to see which doors are opened and for how long. This means that even if the nominated fire officer is not on site, some of the duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005 or any other national standards can be fulfilled.

How Do I Record Fire Door Inspections Electronically?

Not only does Fire door monitor tell you when doors are left open, it also monitors and stores records of mandatory inspections that are carried out under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 BS 9999 which stipulates that checks must be carried out on fire doors every six months. It places legal responsibility on the responsible person (which is the owner or managing director no-one is formally delegated the responsibility) to carry out inspections and ensure that fire doors are kept closed and are in a serviceable condition.

Key Features

  • Combined hardware and software solution
  • Web-based so runs on almost any terminal
  • Reports are available remotely
  • SMS or email triggers
  • Fully configurable

Digitalquill – Experts in RFID Systems

Our systems are in use in large organisations across the globe, but we offer the same level of service and customisation to every client. Digitalquill systems are interoperable, and so you can purchase as much or as little of our integrated functionality as you need. Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

Fire Door Monitor

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.