There are only 175 days left until Fire doors (regulation 10) comes into force.
From January 23rd 2023, it becomes mandatory to undertake quarterly checks of fire doors (including self-closing devices) within the common parts and annual inspections of flat entrance door(s). Housing Associations must ensure that they make ‘best endeavours’ to conduct these checks.
How do housing associations ensure staff are sufficiently trained?
All responsible persons should receive relevant training to make sound judgements. UK Fire Door Training has a range of recognised courses that would benefit housing associations that don’t want to fall foul of the law.
You can learn more about UK Fire Door Training’s courses by clicking here.
What does best endeavours mean?
Responsible persons should determine the best approach to engage with residents and get access for checks. This may include agreeing on a date so that it can be granted.
What if Housing Associations have problems gaining access?
The responsible person needs to carry out these checks. There may be situations in which residents do not allow the responsible person to carry out the checks in full. Therefore residents should be encouraged to allow the checks to go ahead. If responsible persons are not granted permission, they need to take note of what steps were taken to comply with these regulations and Resident Engagement Strategies (RES). Keep records of these attempts as evidence. Without such evidence, HAs are likely to face fines and prosecutions.
What are the minimum expectations for the inspection of fire doors?
The responsible person must inspect the doors for any obvious damage or issues.
The responsible person should be able to carry out these checks themselves. The best way to gain knowledge on conducting a fire door inspection safely would be to complete a fire door inspection course. UK Fire Door Training’s Fire Door Inspection Course is perfect for this task.
The inspection should check the following:
- If there has been any alterations or damage to a door’s glazing apertures or air transfer grille
- Check that hinges are free from damage and excessive oil leakage
- Check that seals are in place and undamaged
- Check that the gaps from the door leaf to the frame are 2-4mm
- That the door closes fully against the rebate stop and latches if necessary. It must be able to do this from any angle.
- That there is no visible damage (either deliberate or from wear and tear) to the door or door closer