New fire door inspection programme on track to meet new regulations26 September 2023
Fire Door Safety Week began on Monday 25 September and we’ve inspected all our communal fire doors in 235 buildings over 11m in height to make sure they meet new government legislation. This is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure people are better protected and feel safe in their homes.
The work is being carried out as part of our Fire Door Inspection Programme, which launched in January 2023. This follows the latest government legislation which came into force at the start of the year.
Fire Door Safety Week starts on September 25
Under the new regulations, we’re required to complete quarterly communal door inspections and annual checks on flat entrance doors in buildings taller than 11 metres.
Customers will have their communal fire doors replaced or upgraded, where required, as part of a rolling annual programme. Higher risk developments are being inspected first, based on fire risk assessments.
Saleh Mirza, A2Dominion’s Head of Building Fire and Safety, said: “Our priority is ensuring that everyone living in our buildings and using our communal areas are safe and secure in the event of a fire.
“We’re pleased to share that we’re on track and compliant with the government’s new fire door regulations. We’ve spent over £2m towards fire door upgrades this year alone and aim to continue the same level of commitment for the next 5 years.”
Fire Door Safety Week is an annual campaign designed to engage and educate people living in shared buildings on the critical role of fire doors. Residents are being urged to play their part and help keep fire doors in their building working safely to help save lives.
According to research, carried out as part of the Fire Door Safety Week Campaign, 1 in 3 (32%) people said they wouldn’t report a problem with a fire door. Nearly half (49%) felt it wasn’t their place or role to report fire door safety issues.
Saleh added: “It’s crucial that residents also help to keep themselves and their neighbours safe. Please don’t prop open fire doors, close them behind you and report any damage to us immediately.”
What fire doors do:
Fire doors help save lives in the event of a fire by:
- Withstanding a fire for a period of time. This is normally between 30 and 60 minutes
- Protecting crucial escape routes so that people can escape the building safely
- Automatically closing behind you to form a barrier
- Limiting the spread of the fire and smoke from one part of a building to another.