“What are the consequences if my fire doors aren’t inspected?”


If a fire door is not inspected it can cause devastation as non-compliance doors can allow a fire to spread, putting lives and buildings at risk.

In the event of a fire, it is likely that an insurer would be unwilling to pay for damages when a door has been wedged or propped open. The majority of fire doors will hold a fire in a room for 30 minutes by which time the Fire & Rescue service will be on site. Wedging open doors can, and has, caused a chimney effect, which causes fire to spread rapidly, destroying entire buildings. This can be missed due to the fire doors not being inspected.

Obstructions in fire exit routes, such as boxes, equipment, stock etc. can cause people to fall, seriously hurt themselves, and even block the exit passageway for others during a fire. Keeping exit passageways clear of obstacles enables people to exit a building more quickly and safely. This something that can be picked up on during a fire door inspection.

Some well know companies have been fined large amounts of money due to their fire doors failing to do their job during fires or inspections. If the failures had been any worse the ‘responsible person’ may have received a prison sentence.

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