Delta Contracts achieves Certificated Fire Door Inspector status

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FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely trained to undertake fire door inspections. Not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed by Exova Warringtonfire to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors.

We are pleased to announce that our Director, Chris Doran, has achieved Certificated Fire Door Inspector status, and looks forward to helping customers achieve their fire safety objectives.

About Fire Safety Compliance

  • Building managers have a responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) to ensure that employees and users of their properties are safe.
  • Facilities should have a fire risk assessment and nominate a "responsible person" who has legal responsibility under the FSO and can be criminally prosecuted if they do not fulfil their duties. This covers a requirement upon the Responsible Person to demonstrate that in the event of danger, it must be possible for persons to evacuate the premises as quickly and safely as possible.
  • The state of Fire Doors falls within this responsibility and is given specific reference in the FSO.
  • This area can be complicated by the prevalance of heritage matters (i.e. listed properties) and requires particular attention to detail and expertise.

Why is a Fire Door important?

The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) was launched as a joint venture by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in 2012. They aim to transform people’s knowledge about how and why fire doors work and the potential dangers of getting it wrong.

As fully certificated inspectors under the FDIS scheme we are able to offer an inspection only service or a complete inspection, installation and maintenance service for your fire doors.

  • A fire door ensures that should a fire break out, it can be contained in a "compartment". This keeps the fire and smoke trapped for a defined period, allowing time for people to get out/to be rescued and make the fire easier to tackle.
  • It will not fulfil this function if damaged or propped open.
  • Make sure you check that fire doors are fit for purpose – see the 5 Step Fire Door Check below.
  • If in doubt bring in a professional to carry out a survey.

5 Step Fire Door Check

If you have concerns that the building you are visiting, working in or living in has a faulty fire door, don't ignore it, always report it to the building owners or managers. You could be saving a life by doing so!

STEP 1 Certification STEP 2 Gaps STEP 3 Seals STEP 4 Hinges STEP 5 Closing
What to check for
Look for a label or plug on top (or occasionally on the side) of the door. Check the gaps around the top and sides of the door are consistently less than 4mm when the door is 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. Look for any intumescent seals around the door or frame. Check they are intact with no sign of damage. Check all hinges are firmly fixed (three or more of them), with no missing or broken screws. Check the door closes firmly onto the latch without sticking on the floor or the frame.
Why?
Without a certification mark, you cannot be sure this really is a fire door. Make sure gaps are not so big that smoke and fire could travel through the cracks. Be sure the seals will expand if they are in contact with heat, and will stop the fire (and in some cases smoke) moving through the cracks. Be sure the door has been properly maintained, and in the intensity of a fire will perform correctly. A fire door will only work when it is closed. A fire door is completely useless if it is wedgedopen or cannot close fully.
How?
Use a mirror or the seflie function on your camera phone. Use a £1 coin to give a feel for scale. This is about 3mm thick. Take a look at the edges of the door and frame. Open the door and take a look at the hinges. Open the door about halfway, let go and see what happens when you allow it to close by itself.
Concerns?
Report them. Report them. Report them. Report them. Report them.