To ensure a comprehensive fire door inspection, it is helpful to have a checklist that covers all the essential components and areas of focus. While specific checklists may vary based on fire safety regulations and the unique requirements of your building, here are some key elements to include:

  1. Identification and Location:
    • Confirm the location of the fire door within the building.
    • Ensure the door is clearly marked as a fire door with appropriate signage.
  2. Integrity of the Door:
    • Check for any signs of damage or wear to the door, frame, and surrounding areas.
    • Verify that the door is properly fitted within the frame and closes securely without any gaps.
  3. Door Leaf:
    • Inspect the condition of the door leaf, including any signs of warping, cracking, or delamination.
    • Ensure the door leaf is made of fire-resistant material and is of the appropriate thickness.
  4. Door Hardware:
    • Check the condition of hinges, ensuring they are securely attached and functioning correctly.
    • Verify that the door closer is in good working order and closes the door smoothly and securely.
    • Inspect the condition of any locks, latches, and handles, ensuring they operate correctly and are fire-rated.
  5. Seals and Intumescent Strips:
    • Check the integrity of intumescent strips around the edges of the door leaf and frame.
    • Ensure any smoke seals and intumescent strips are intact and undamaged.
  6. Glazing and Vision Panels:
    • If the door contains glazing or vision panels, verify that they are made of fire-resistant materials and are intact.
    • Check the condition of any glazing beads and seals, ensuring they are in place and secure.
  7. Signage and Markings:
    • Confirm that the door is equipped with appropriate fire safety signage, including fire door signs and instructions for use.
    • Ensure any markings or labels indicating fire door certification are present and legible.
  8. Functionality:
    • Test the self-closing mechanism to ensure the door closes securely from any position.
    • Verify that the door latch engages properly when closed and is not obstructed.
    • Check for ease of operation and ensure the door can be opened and closed without difficulty.
  9. Documentation and Records:
    • Review any documentation related to the installation, maintenance, and inspection of the fire door.
    • Maintain a record of the inspection, noting any issues identified and actions taken to address them.
  10. Additional Considerations:
    • Consider any specific risks or requirements relevant to the location and purpose of the fire door.
    • Assess the overall fire safety of the surrounding area and identify any potential hazards or obstructions.

It’s important to note that fire door inspections should be carried out by competent individuals with appropriate knowledge and training in fire safety and door maintenance. Any issues identified during the inspection should be addressed promptly to ensure the continued effectiveness of the fire door in protecting occupants and property in the event of a fire.

Do you know if your fire doors need inspection? Use our fire door checklist for a simple check.