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.
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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