Human Resources

Health and Safety

Fire Doors

Fire doors are an important safety feature which protect people and property. They help prevent the spread of fire and smoke, limiting their effect. It is therefore essential that fire doors are maintained in good working order at all times. In order to ensure this, fire doors are inspected regularly and remedial works actioned.

The results are recorded in the building Fire Log Book. Technical Guidance Note - FS01: Fire Door Inspection Guide (.doc) gives advice on how to carry out a thorough fire door inspection.

The wedging open of fire doors is illegal and dangerous. If it is necessary for a fire door to be held open, the Estates department should be contacted in order to arrange for a suitable, legal fire door retainer to be fitted.

Vison panels are normally required where:

  • Doors on escape routes sub-divide corridors
  • Where any doors are hung to swing both ways
  • If the door opens across a means of escape

Fire doors for offices not meeting the above would not normally require a vision panel, although it does help fire marshals and security to quickly sweep the room without entering it. If there is a vision panel we request that a small area is left uncovered to assist the fire marshals and security.

Technical Guidance Note - FS01: Fire Door Inspection Guide [Acrobat (.pdf) - 77.4KB Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:00:00 BST]