Fire Door Installation
Date:Aug 14, 2020
Installation of fire doors is as life critical as the product specification itself and should only be carried out by someone who is competent, has been specifically trained to install fire doors and understands their responsibilities in getting it right (and ideally as part of a third party certificated process). Fire doors that are incorrectly installed and fitted with incompatible components invalidate certification and will not provide adequate protection for occupants or the building.All fire doors supplied through the Fire Door Alliance are provided with installation instructions that are specific to the product. Installation methods and materials can change depending on a number of factors, including product type and installation environment and so it is vital that these are referred to and adhered to.
Key things to remember when installing a fire door:
Any individual fitting a fire door should be fully trained and competent to do so
Look for a label or a plug to show that the door is certificated and check the instructions/certificate supplied
Essential Ironmongery such as locks, latches, closers and hinges MUST be CE marked, firmly fixed with no missing screws and compatible with the door leaf’s certification.
The choice of frame/lining/casing and intumescent/smoke seals should also be compatible
The instructions on the door – they should be followed to ensure correct installation
The frame specification – should be correct for the door’s fire rating
The Building Regulations – are you following ALL of them correctly
Apertures ONLY from Licensed Converters – DO NOT cut apertures on site. Cutting apertures for glazing and air transfer grilles will make certification VOID as will trimming the door more than is permitted or planing off certification markings
The gap between door and frame at the top and sides should be 2-4 mm and the threshold gap as per manufacturers instructions (typically around 8-10 mm) – the certificate will include details of this
Ensure any voids between door frame and wall are tightly packed with mineral wool
Check the certificate to ensure that you are only using compatible ironmongery (hinges, closers etc) and intumescent seals (in all the right places)
Once complete. check that the closer shuts the door onto the latch from any position