Fire Door Safety Week took place this month on September 23 to the September 29. As the first line of defence in any building, fire doors should be a number one priority, particularly for those in the hospitality sector. Fitzpatrick & Heavey, one of Ireland’s only hotel contractor specialists discuss the importance of a fire safety and maintenance and upgrades of fire doors.

Fire Door Safety Week was established to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance; to engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors and to encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.

In a speciality industry such as hotels where the public’s safety is of key concern, Fitzpatrick & Heavey contracts manager, Alan Kirwan highlights some of the most common fire door safety issues occurring in large scale hospitality and commercial buildings. He highlights the following as some key issues which can be detrimental for a building;

  • Defective door closing devices
  • Defective or non-fire-rated glazing used in vision panels
  • Cracked or damaged vision panels
  • Lack of complaint fire door signage
  • Poorly hung door leaf that needs to be repositioned to minimise gaps.
  • Non stamped or non-fire rated ironmongery such as hinges, locks and levers.
  • Damaged woodwork where heavy daily use has damaged the materials over time
  • Replacement of intumescent seals and strips.

Fitzpatrick & Heavey advocate that hotel and facility managers ensure that they engage with a certified fire engineer who is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and that they asses fire doors in accordance with the BS 8214 & BS 9999 standards, providing appropriate guidance for the routine inspection and maintenance of fire doors.

Alan also added “As part B of Building Regulations 2006. BS 8214 & BS 9999 recommends that fire doors should be inspected every six months, something which most hotels unfortunately fall behind on. Fire Door Safety is a brilliant initiative to reinforce these checks, and to put fire door inspections back in the forefront of people’s minds and hopefully prevent any tragedies over the coming years”.

Fitzpatrick & Heavey are a multi-faceted contractor, offering fire door audits, fire safety audits, inspections and upgrades all under the one roof. They specialise in fire safety within the hotel sector guaranteeing your hotel is in full compliance with legal building standards. They provide full certification upon completion of upgrades to all fire doors.