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Fire doors and Emergency lighting

Door entry and access control

Inspect-n-check operatives install and maintain any manufactures  door entry systems and access control. Our Bticino and Fermax trained operatives work on private residential homes to apartment developments of any size. They also carry out work on commercial and industrial installations.

Fire Door Maintenance

With the abolition of fire certificates, the new rules require the designation of a ’responsible person’ to keep the occupants of a building safe if a fire does break out. With this responsibility comes the longer term requirement to ensure that fire protection measures, such as fire doors, are properly maintained so that they perform their vital role, should a fire break out. The bottom line is that if a fire door does fail because of lack of maintenance, the responsibility and liability for that failure could fall squarely on the shoulders of that ‘responsible person’.

A log should be kept and all doors given a unique number. The maintenance period should be appropriate for the building; for high use or life risk, such as Students Bars busy circulation routes, Hospitals and Halls of Residences this may be monthly. Other buildings with low risk may be annually.

Below is comprehensive check list that our operatives work to.

Door Fully Closing:
  • Does the fire door fully close & shut tight by use of its own Self Closing (SC) Device?
  • Does the fire door slam shut with force? Is it slow to close or restricted?
  • Fire door does not close fully? Has the door dropped on its hinges?
    • Is it slow to close or restricted?
    • Has the door dropped on its hinges?
Door Closer Operation:
  • Is the door self closer fixed to door and frame securely?
    • Has the door closing arm been separated from the fame?
    • Is there any oil leaking from the door SC device?
Door Handles:
  • Is the door handles functioning correctly?
  • Are they loose or missing?
  • Can the door be opened without the use of a key, if on an escape route in direction of travel to the fire exit?
Door Seals:
  • Does the door have intumescent seals around the top and 3 edges (not the bottom of the door) or in the doorframe?
  • Are the fire seals in good condition, not missing or damaged?
  • Does the door (or frame) have cold smoke seals in the form of brushes or a rubber strip? Are they in good condition, missing, damaged?
Glazing in Door:
  • Is the glazing the fire door loose, does it rattle or is it broken?
  • Are the Vision Panels in the door clear and unobstructed to provide safety to door uses on both sides of the leaf?
Door Hinges:
  • Does the door have 3 or more Hinges?
  • Are they loose or screws missing?

Emergency Light testing and maintenance

To ensure Emergency Lighting functions correctly when it is required during an emergency, it is extremely important that equipment is properly tested and maintained.

All emergency lighting should be checked and maintained by a competent person in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations on a regular schedule.

The following testing schedule has been designed to ensure the continued protection of property and occupants.

Due to a possibility that the normal lighting supply can fail after a short period of emergency lighting testing, we recommend wherever possible, that all tests should be undertaken at a suitable time when the loss of normal lighting will not cause disruption or danger to the occupants of the premises.

The results of all tests and any necessary corrective action should be recorded in a log record held on site, which shall be available if required for inspection by any authorised person.

The following testing schedule is designed in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004, BS5266-8:2004, 7.2.3 and BS 5266-8:2004, 7.2.4. All documents will be filled out on the test record BS 5266-1:2011 Emergency lighting code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises.

DAILY CHECKS.

Visually check that all maintained lamps are operating and that all system healthy indicators on Central Power Supply Systems (Central Battery Systems) are illuminated.

Check that any system fault recorded is given urgent attention and record all corrective actions in the log book provided.

MONTHLY CHECKS.

Check all luminaries and other emergency lighting equipment is in a good condition, all lamps and light controllers are clean, undamaged and not blackened.

Briefly test all emergency lighting equipment by simulating a failure of the normal lighting supply. Check that all equipment functions correctly.

Check that once the mains supply is restored, all charging indicators are again illuminated.

ANNUAL CHECKS.

A full system discharge test should be conducted by a competent service engineer, including a full rated duration test of the system. Due to the possibility that the normal lighting supply can fail after a short period of emergency lighting testing, we recommend when ever possible, that total discharge tests should be undertaken at a suitable time when the loss of normal lighting will not cause disruption or danger to the occupants of the premises.

Compliance of the installation and system with the requirements of BS EN and BS standards should be considered and documented.