Fire Door Control Systems
Fire doors are a crucial passive fire protection component that can be highly effective in protecting a building and anyone inside it from a dangerous fire. They are built and installed to stop or slow the spread of a fire, aiming to contain the blaze as well as smoke and fumes, to one area of a property. This allows time for occupants to evacuate safely and without panic, in accordance with the health & safety procedures in place. The extra time will also allow the fire services to arrive on site and tackle a less serious conflagration than might have otherwise occurred.
For fire doors to work effectively, it is essential that they are kept shut when a fire breaks out. This is where fire door control systems come in as they ensure that the doors are closed automatically when required. These systems will help a building to comply with all relevant fire safety legislation, such as Approved Document B and the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order. They also increase confidence and peace of mind for employers and the workforce alike, knowing that this invaluable safety solution is ready to spring into operation whenever the threat of fire occurs.
In order for the control systems to function as intended, the fire doors themselves and each individual component used within the system must be working at required levels of performance. The handles, hinges, locks, latches and glazing must all be of the correct material and fitted properly by professional engineers. If any one of these components is faulty, then the whole system will become substandard and in the event of fire potentially put lives at risk.
Therefore it is important that regular inspections are undertaken so that your fire door control systems are working correctly and will function as intended to combat a fire. Here at EA-RS Passive Fire Protection we offer a comprehensive survey and reporting procedure for existing buildings and our inspectors will carry out a thorough examination of your systems.
If your fire door control systems are not working as required, or your current system has not had an inspection within the last six months, then please contact us now.