Should Fire Doors Be Closed At All Times?

Can fire doors be held open?

Fire doors are heavy and can be a struggle to get through.

However leaving fire doors wedged or propped open disregards the safety of others.

It is also against the law.

The only safe way for fire doors to be held open is with special devices that release them to close automatically when the fire alarm is activated..

Should fire doors be locked at all times?

Fire exits doors should open easily and, wherever possible, in the direction of traffic flow. If it is a security door that is usually kept locked but will be used by members of the public in an emergency situation, it will have to be fitted with a panic or push bar.

Can a fire exit be used as a normal exit?

We’re sometimes asked, incidentally, whether a designated fire exit can also legally be used as a regular entrance/exit door i.e. for every day use. The answer is yes it can – indeed the fact that it is in daily use makes it ideal as an escape route as its location is well known.

What doors need to be fire doors?

Domestic dwellings: In homes more than two storeys high, there must be a fire door separating the stairwell and every habitable room (excluding toilets or bathrooms). That includes rooms at every level of the house. Fire doors are also mandatory in loft conversions and between a house and an integral garage.

What is a fire door retainer?

Fire door retainers, also known as fire door holders, use a magnet to hold open heavy fire doors that will release in the event of a fire.

Why should fire doors always be kept closed?

Fire doors must be closed during a fire to compartmentalize the building and prevent the spread of smoke and flames. The intent is to protect the means of egress and allow building occupants time to evacuate safely.

How long will a closed fire door protect you?

In serving to compartmentalise a building and/or preserve an escape route, the function of a fire door, when closed, is to provide resistance to smoke/fire for a minimum specified length of time. Typically, this is 30 minutes or 60 minutes (FD30 or FD60).

How effective are fire doors?

A fire door is only effective barrier to fire (and possibly smoke) when its shut. So make sure your fire doors close fully against the rebated stop of the door frame. This is why well maintained hinges, closers, locks and latches are so crucial to fire door performance.

How do you keep a fire door open?

Fire doors must be held open with an approved fire door retainer, compliant with the requirements of BS 7273-4 for standard actuation of fire doors. As you can probably guess, a wooden wedge isn’t a compliant solution to hold open fire doors in any building.

Should fire doors open inwards or outwards?

Fire doors don’t always have to open outwards – as long as it will not delay escape unduly, the door can open inwards.

How do you identify a fire door?

Check the frame and door profile for thin strip running down the middle. Hinges – a fire door should always have a minimum of three hinges. Closing Mechanism – a fire door should close itself firmly from a halfway-open position and should not stick.