Do you pay as much attention to your fire doors as you should do? Do you check the condition of your building’s fire doors in the event of a practice fire drill? Would you even know how to recognise and identify one?
These are all questions you should have the right answer for if you truly understand the importance of your fire doors. Should a real fire occur you may be faced with certain situations in which some exit routes cannot be used as a way out. This type of situation and the ensuing panic is hard to replicate in a practice fire drill.
So you must be confident that you will be able to deal with such a situation should it arise. To possess this knowledge, you must be clued up on your property’s fire doors!
How Do Fire Doors Keep Flames at Bay?
It’s common knowledge that fire reacts and responds to oxygen and therefore to draughts and airflow. Flames will travel where there is the least amount of resistance, so leaving your fire doors wide open will allow fire to spread in a matter of seconds. This will make the particular corridor or route of access in question totally redundant.
Pay Attention Before a Potential Disaster!
It’s very easy to let yourself become complacent and slip into bad habits; such as ignoring the condition of your fire doors. Nobody ever seems to notice if a purpose-built fire door is shut, wedged open or missing altogether.
Many people wedge them open to let air circulate through a hot room, totally oblivious to the fact that this is increasing the risk of a fire spreading once it starts.
Fire doors are meant to be closed for a reason – to keep fire from dispersing elsewhere in the building. So pay attention and make sure all of your fire doors are in mine condition and performing the proper function!
Get a Fire Risk Assessment
If you were tasked with checking your fire doors for damage, would you know what to look out for? When was the last time your fire doors were properly examined and maintained? The safety of your staff members and building as a whole rests upon your due diligence and your ability to accurately inspect your property.
We highly recommend handing over all responsibility to a professional third party fire safety organisation, like Total Fire Services Ltd. We can carry out a fire door inspection as part of a full fire risk assessment and also provide fire extinguisher servicing should you need them too.
It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry in this situation and the safest possible option is to let professional fire safety consultants take care of your fire risk assessments. Contact us for more information or for any questions you may have regarding your property’s fire doors.