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The Importance of Regular Fire Door Audits

Fire doors are a critical yet often overlooked part of any building's fire safety plan. While they may blend into the background day-to-day, properly installed and maintained fire doors can save lives in the event of a fire. This is why completing regular fire door audits is so important.


During a fire door audit, a qualified inspector will thoroughly assess each fire door in the building to ensure it meets all the necessary requirements to perform correctly in a fire.


Some key things the inspector will look for include:

  • Certification - There should be a label or plug on the door confirming it is a certified fire door. Missing labels need to be addressed.

  • Gaps - Gaps around the edges of the door should consistently be less than 4mm when closed. Larger gaps mean fire and smoke could get through.

  • Damage - Any signs of damage or wear compromise the integrity of the door and must be repaired.

  • Seals - Intumescent seals around the door expand when heated to seal gaps. Missing or damaged seals must be replaced.

  • Hinges - Fire doors require three sturdy hinges. Any issues with the hinges should be corrected.

  • Closing - The door should close fully and smoothly from any open position. Sticking doors need adjustment.


The inspector will check each door against criteria like this and provide a full condition report detailing any problem areas. They will highlight any doors that need maintenance or replacement.


It's recommended that complete fire door audits be conducted every six months. More frequent spot checks should also happen in between formal audits. The specific frequency will depend on factors like building occupancy, resident vulnerability, and activities taking place on site.


Though it may seem tedious, proper fire door audits save lives. They ensure any issues with fire doors are detected and addressed before they become a safety hazard. Protect your business and residents and building by making fire door audits a priority. Reach out to a qualified inspector to get started.



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