Are Your Fire Doors Safe?
Fire doors are a critical element of fire safety and a requirement in every commercial and public building, however, they are also a legal requirement for multi-let properties also known as Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO’s).
Tenant safety is reliant on fire doors to perform correctly in the event of a fire by providing critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building.
To save lives, they must work correctly, and there are some simple checks you can undertake depending on whether you are a building owner, or manager, a landlord or occupier.
If you are concerned about the safety of fire doors in your building, take a look at this simple list of checks you can make.
10 Checks To Make On Fire Doors In HMO Properties
1. Look for a label, a plug or similar marking to show that the door is certificated
2. Make sure the door leaf isn’t damaged, warped or twisted
3. Ensure the fire door closes correctly around all parts of the frame
4. Check that the closer shuts the door onto the latch from any position (75mm from the closed position)
5. Check the gap around the door frame is constant and around 3 to 4 mm
6. Check the hinges are firmly fixed into the door and surrounding frame with no missing screws
7. Ensure that the seals at the top and sides of the door are not damaged or missing
8. Make sure any glass and the beads holding the glass in the door are fitted firmly
9. Make sure the fire door is not wedged or propped open
10. Check that the fire door is marked correctly with appropriate signage
The National Landlords Association are promoting Fire Door Safety Week 16th – 21st September and below is one of their videos showing the importance of having the correct fire doors fitted in a HMO
Fire Safety For HMO Landlords
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