What to do if a fire door is not shutting properly?
Fire Door Advice
- Ensure the fire door shuts tightly using its own Self Closing mechanism.
- Wedge the door open.
- Ensure that the door does not close too quickly.
- The door must have the correct seals.
- The door must have the correct number of hinges.
- Maintain door handles.
What could be a reason that a door is not closing correctly?
If your door can open correctly but can’t close without getting stuck, it’s likely an issue with the latch. Multiple issues can compromise door latches, such as a mechanical error, worn down latch components, broken door handle cables, and more.
Does a fire door have to be self closing?
According to ADB volume 2, a self closing device is required on a fire door if: subdividing escape routes to separate two or more storey exits. doors opening onto external escape stairs.
How long should it take for a fire door to close?
In serving to compartmentalise a building and/or preserve an escape route, the function of a fire door, when closed, is to provide resistance to smoke/fire for a minimum specified length of time. Typically, this is 30 minutes or 60 minutes (FD30 or FD60).
Can you adjust a door closer?
You can adjust an automatic door closer using only a ladder and the appropriate tool (screwdriver, hex key, or small wrench) by making small turns – less than 1/4 turn – of one of the adjustment screws. These screws will control the door’s closing speed, door delay, and door latching speed.
Do fire doors need to be properly installed?
Fire doors must be fitted by a competent individual. You should ensure that the person fitting your fire doors has had the relevant training to do so. Whatever the rating of a fire door, if it is badly fitted, it may not withstand a fire for any more than 5 minutes.
What is the maximum gap allowed under a fire door?
The maximum gap underneath a fire door is 8-10mm depending on the specification, between the bottom edge of the door and the floor. If a door has cold smoke protection already added, the maximum gap underneath would be 3mm (the thickness of a pound coin). Fire door closers are a great addition for protection too.