Are You Fire Door Compliant?
The new Fire Door regulations are set to come into play from January 2023, are you ready?
With fire doors playing an essential and potentially life-saving role it is only right that we will be legally regulated to ensure the relevant checks are in place to avoid future tragic disasters.
The changes to the fire regulations have come to light following the unimaginable disaster at Grenfell Tower back in 2017 where 72 residents lost their lives.
The inquest noted, the fire doors which were in place at the time were not fit for purpose through damage or disrepair nor acted in the way they should.
What is Going To Happen and When?
The new regulations will be enforced from 23rd January 2023 and the update comes under article 24 of the existing Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
From this date it will be a legal requirements for all multi occupied residential builds over 11 metres to be fire door compliant.
What Exactly Are The New Fire Door Regulations?
The new legislation states that:
- Responsible person(s) must undertake quarterly checks of all fire doors (including self-closing devices) in the common parts.
- Responsible person(s) must undertake – on a best endeavour basis – annual checks of all flat entrance doors (including self-closing devices) that lead onto a building’s common parts.
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What Do The Rest Of The Regulation Updates Look Like:
High-Rise Residential Buildings
(Reg 4) Install and maintain an information box containing the ‘Responsible Person’ name and contact details alongside a set of plans for the building. Allow access to the Fire & Rescue Service.
(Reg 5) Provide local Fire & Rescue Service with information about the design and materials of the building’s external walls
(Reg 6) Draw up and provide up-to-date electronic building floor plans to the Fire and Rescue Service along with an onsite hard copy including a single page plan of key fire safety equipment
(Reg 7) Undertake monthly checks of lifts provided for firefighters and evacuation purposes. If any issues that are recorded cannot be resolved in 24 hours they must be reported as soon as practically possible to the Fire & Rescue Services.
(Reg 8) Install wayfinding signage. This includes clear well lit markings identifying floor and individual flat numbers.
Residential Buildings Over 11m
Conduct annual checks of flat entrance doors
Conduct quarterly checks of fire doors within the common parts of the building
Multi-occupied Residential Buildings of 2 or More Domestic Premises
Provide residents with instructions on how to report a fire and what to do in the event of fire
Provide residents with information on the importance of fire doors