Fire doors are a critical element in fire safety and a requirement in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building, and in some domestic situations too. In everyday use, the simple purpose of a fire door is just as any other door. However, fire doors are so important in case of fire as they can delay the spread of fire and smoke; protecting your life and home.
Those residents living in flats are subject to additional safety measures and as part of Network Homes' fire risk assessments and estate inspections. They inspect all the fire doors in our properties to ensure they are safe and compliant.
Network Homes has an extensive door replacement programme currently underway. They are prioritising those which have been identified as needing repair through the fire risk assessments. If your door has been identified as needing to be changed, Network Homes will contact you.
All doors fitted by Network Homes are fully certified fire doors, with primary test evidence. Each door is fitted by a third-party accredited contractor to ensure it is installed properly. By taking this approach, they can be confident that the right door is being installed, and its being installed properly.
You should ensure your flat entry door:
- Must close and fit into the frame with gaps no larger than 5mm around the frame.
- There must be an operating door closer to ensure the door can close on its own accord once released.
- More advice is available from the London Fire Brigade website.
- If you want more advice please contact the Network Homes fire safety team on 0300 373 3000