BBC Fire & Security specialises in the Installation, Inspection & Maintenance of Fire Doors in Greater London and the East Anglia area.
Our Fire Doors installation service enables each of our clients to have a full and comprehensive installation certificate of 10 identifiable points, along with full test and data sheets of all materials used.
A Fire Door Inspection will quickly establish if you and your premises are fully compliant with current fire safety legislation and identify any remedial works needed.
Ongoing maintenance of your fire doors ensures that they will perform as intended in a fire situation, and compliance with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005.
Working with BWF Fire Alliance Door Scheme certified Service Partners, our experienced teams demonstrate not only our capability, but also our accountability to delivering our projects to the highest standard.
Certified by the FDIS (Fire Door Inspection Scheme) and hold BRE certification for fire door inspections.
Certified by the BRE and the Independent Fire Inspection Scheme to carry out fire stopping inspections.
We are currently working towards FIRAS, a voluntary, third party certification scheme for installation contractors of both passive and active fire protection systems, operated by Warringtonfire and accredited by UKAS to BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012.
Fire Door Installation
The installation of a fire door is as life critical as the product specification itself.
As such, although a competent professional can install a fire door, it is recommended that the work be carried out under the BWF Fire Door Alliance Door Scheme.
The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that fire door installations are carried out correctly, safely and in compliance with current Building Regulations.
This video produced by the BWF Fire Alliance Door Scheme shows why specification and correct installation are so important to the performance of a fire door.
It features a simple 5 step check, a 3D animation and a real life test that shows just what happens when it goes wrong.
Fire Door Inspection
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person in your building/s should carry out regular checks of the fire doors within your premises to ensure fire doors are repaired and maintained as fit for purpose.
Fire door inspection shows whether or not fire doors are compliant and if remedial work is necessary. The remedial work will be outlined in the inspection report and will identify if a door needs replacing or can be repaired.
It is a recommendation to BS9999 that all fire doors, frames and ancillary components are examined every six months.
A 2019 review undertaken by The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) certificated fire door inspectors revealed the extent of fire door failures seen on site:Over 61% of fire doors inspected had problems with fire or smoke seals
More than a third had incorrect signage
230 fire doors inspected had gaps bigger than 3mm between door and frame
More than 20% had unsuitable hinges
Almost 1 in 6 had damage to the door leaf
(Source: FDIS 32)
Fire Door Maintenance
Fire Doors can pose serious risk to building occupants in the event of a fire if they are not properly maintained.
Current guidance recommends that fire doors and their components should be checked periodically as determined by the building’s Fire Risk Assessment.
Our Fire Door Checklist has some useful observations that should be made for all fire doors.
Intumescent Seals and Cold Smoke Seals
A fire door required to provide resistance to the passage of an aggressive fire must be fitted with intumescent seals. Though intumescent products remain passive in normal temperature conditions, they come to life in the extreme heat of a fire, swelling to fill gaps and preventing the passage of smoke and hot gases.
There are three types of door seal designed to maintain the integrity of the door set:
- Intumescent seals designed to maintain the integrity of the door set
- Smoke seals to restrict the flow of cold smoke before the intumescent seals become effective
- Combined intumescent and smoke seals
The ability of the door to perform in a fire is hugely dependent upon the condition and performance of these seals.
All intumescent and smoke seals should be inspected every six months.