London Hotels, Hostels, HMO’s, Holiday Lets, B&B’s any premise that provides sleeping accommodation it is imperative that you have fully compliant Fire Doors

Owners, Landlords and persons responsible for managing premises that offer sleeping accommodation, it is crucial that all Fire resistant doors and glazing systems are not only fit for purpose, but also offer the highest levels of safety protection available, to not only limit the effect of Fire, but subsequently provide enough time for occupants to evacuate the building to a safe site.

EN Standard requirements will come into place later this year, the legislation is in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation 2011, and relates to the CE marking of Fire resistant door sets and hardware. Fire resisting door sets will be covered by a harmonised standard under EN 16034.

After November 1st, all door sets will require a certificate of constancy of performance, issued by a notified product certification body, along with a declaration of  performance and the application of CE marking. This European standard identifies safety and performance requirements applicable to all Fire resisting and/or smoke control products intended to be used in Fire and/or smoke compartmentation, and /or escape routes.

Industry professionals should take care to ensure that each door set or glazing system is compliant with the above and that all paper trails documenting due diligence throughout the specification process are available.

The importance of ensuring that the integrity of the door is not compromised through any possible changes to hardware, which may potentially create voids. A good way of avoiding this is by specifying products that are manufactured for purpose, with all the necessary accessories included of the initial consultation stage, thereby eliminating any potential opportunity for hardware changes or incorrect fitting.

To make sure that all Fire or smoke resistant doors are fit for purpose, the correct installation and specification of the product must be supported by continuous maintenance, completed by a competent person.  Fire doors should be inspected for damage – which may prevent the door from performing in the event of a Fire  on a regular basis – at a minimum of every six moths.  This may form part of the Fire Risk Assessment for the Building. Failure to carry this out can be punishable under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005.

The Fire Risk Assessment for the Building will identify any Fire door defects and these defects will be noted on the Fire Safety Management Plan – Significant Findings and must be actioned upon by the identified ‘Responsible Person’.

A Fire Risk Assessment for London Hotels, Hostels, HMO’s, Holiday Lets, B&B’s and any premises offering sleeping accommodation should be carried out by a qualified, competent Fire Safety Risk Assessor. London Fire Risk Assessments are qualified with the Institution of Fire Engineers and are on the IFE Register of Approved Assessors – if you need a Fire Risk Assessment for your London premise then call them now on 01689 890879 or click here, it is your responsibility to keep your guests, staff and premise safe from Fire.