This year’s Fire Door Safety Week will take place from 23 to 29 September 2019, focusing on specialised housing such as care homes, children’s homes and sheltered housing, as well as houses of multiple occupation and communal property, with a reminder from the organisers of five simple fire door checks that could help save lives.

The five-step check is as follows.

  1. Look for labels or markings that show the door is third-party certificated and has traceability back to the original manufacturer.

  2. Check that the door is marked correctly with the appropriate signage and that it closes tightly against the frame.

  3. Ensure that the door or frame has the fire and smoke seal, and that the door closes correctly with an even gap all around of about 3mm.

  4. Check the fire-rated hinges are fitted firmly in the door and that there are no missing screws.

  5. Make sure the door is not damaged or ever wedged or propped open.

This check does not replace a full inspection by a competent individual — but it will highlight if there are any problems that need fixing.

The 2019 fire door safety campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in protecting occupants, particularly those in specialised housing, while they sleep, and draw attention to areas of neglect when it comes to fire door inspection and maintenance.

Last reviewed 11 September 2019