Regulation 10 - The legal requirement for the responsible person to inspect fire doors.
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Regulation 10 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
From the 23rd of January 2023 The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will make it a legal requirement for the responsible persons of all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 metres in height to:
Undertake quarterly checks of all fire doors (including self-closing devices) in the common parts; and,
Undertake – on a best endeavour basis – annual checks of all flat entrance doors (including self-closing devices) that lead onto a building’s common parts.
Minimum requirements for inspections of fire doors
The minimum requirement is for the responsible person to undertake an inspection of the doors to identify any obvious damage or issues.
It should not be necessary to engage a specialist for these checks as a competent responsible person will be able to carry out these checks themselves.
A responsible person should consider:
If there has been any alterations or damage to a door’s glazing apertures or air transfer grille
If there are any gaps around the door frame and that seals and hinges are fitted correctly
That the door closer shuts the door
That the door closes correctly around the whole frame
That there is no visible damage (either deliberate or from wear and tear) to the door or door closer
If any issues are identified from these checks, it might be appropriate to undertake more detailed checks of doors (or the self-closing device) if any damage is identified from the initial inspection. This could include engaging a specialist.