The five-step fire door check

Fire Door Safety Week was first launched in 2013 and is now an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors in every commercial, public and multiple-occupancy residential building.

Performance Doors is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of certified fire doors. Our expert team understands the critical importance of ensuring that the fire doors we supply can be relied upon to perform when fire breaks out and people’s lives and property are at stake.


The ‘Five Step Fire Door Check’ summarised below is a key part of the Fire Door Safety Week message.

1. Certification

Check that the door and all its ironmongery are properly certified by a reputable third party like BM Trada or IFC. Specifying a fully certified doorset rather than individually certified components means that the door, frame and ironmongery have all been tested together as a unit, giving additional confidence that they will perform as they should.

2. Apertures

Altering the door for glazing and ventilation on site will make the certification void, so make sure the door is specified correctly from the outset and that the specific design is covered by the certification. Performance Doors have a comprehensive range of fully-certified fire doors with vision panels, so there is no need for any alterations.

3. Gaps and seals

Check that the gap around the door is consistent and around 3-4mm. Hinges must be fitted with no missing screws and all the seals must be fitted to all four sides. Specifying made-to-measure doors (rather than off-the-shelf doors that come in set sizes) helps ensure that the gap is neither too big nor too small.

4. Closers

Check that the door closer shuts the door onto the latch from any position – even if the door is opened just a few centimetres.

5. Operation

Ensure that the door closes correctly around all parts of the frame.

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At Performance Doors we fully support the important work that is done by the team at Fire Door Safety Week and thank them all for their valuable efforts in helping to make our homes, offices and public buildings safer for everyone.

Call the experienced team at Performance Doors for expert advice. We are fully operational after the pandemic lockdown, and welcome enquiries for fire doors, acoustic doors, hygiene doors, security doors, x-ray doors and more. Contact us on 01244 551360 or for more details.