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What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties

In the realm of property management, ensuring the safety and well-being of tenants should always be a top priority. One crucial aspect of safeguarding rental properties against the threat of fire is the installation of external fire doors. They play a pivotal role in containing fire and smoke within the affected area, thereby providing invaluable time for occupants to evacuate safely in the event of an emergency.

Understanding fire doors

Fire doors are specially designed and constructed to withstand fire for a specified duration, typically ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes or more, depending on their fire rating. Unlike regular doors, fire doors are engineered to resist the spread of flames, smoke, and toxic gases, thereby compartmentalizing fire and preventing its rapid escalation throughout a building.

. Some of their key characteristics include:

  • Fire resistance: Fire doors are constructed using materials that are resistant to fire, such as steel and gypsum, which are chosen for their ability to withstand high temperatures and prevent the passage of flames and smoke.
  • Integrity: Fire doors provide both integrity and insulation during a fire. Integrity refers to the door’s ability to maintain its structural integrity and prevent the passage of flames and hot gases, while insulation refers to the door’s ability to limit the transfer of heat.
  • Seals and gaskets: Fire doors often incorporate seals and gaskets around the edges to provide a tight seal when the door is closed. This helps prevent the passage of smoke and hot gases, as well as limiting the spread of fire to adjacent areas.
  • Automatic closing mechanisms: Many fire doors are equipped with automatic closing mechanisms, such as door closers or spring hinges, to ensure that the door closes automatically in the event of a fire. This helps contain the fire and prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

What are the latest  fire door regulations?

 

In response to findings from the Grenfell inquiry, the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 were implemented in 2023 after a thorough Fire Safety Consultation. These regulations aimed to enhance fire safety, particularly in rental properties. The Fire Safety Act 2021, preceding these regulations, clarified that the Fire Safety Order 2005 covers all parts of buildings, including external walls and flat entrance doors.

Expanding on these measures, new fire door regulations were introduced for 2023, focusing on rental accommodations. These regulations give special attention to high-rise buildings, now defined as those taller than 11 metres or with at least 7 storeys. Additionally, the regulations mandate the sharing of current fire safety information with emergency responders and residents, to ensure accurate communication for the safety of everyone involved.

Landlords and property managers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their rental properties comply with fire safety regulations. In many jurisdictions, this includes the installation of fire doors in specific areas of the building, such as stairwells, corridors, and fire exits. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in severe penalties and liabilities in the event of a fire-related incident. Therefore, landlords must familiarise themselves with local building codes and regulations governing fire safety to ensure compliance.

Maintaining fire doors for rental properties

 

Regular maintenance and inspections are crucial for ensuring the safety and functionality of fire doors in rental properties. Over time, everyday use and environmental factors can take a toll on their performance.

It’s essential for landlords to establish a proactive maintenance schedule, including routine inspections by qualified professionals. These inspections help identify any signs of damage, wear, or issues that may arise, allowing landlords to address them promptly. This proactive approach ensures that fire doors remain in optimal condition, providing reliable protection for occupants in case of emergencies.

Browse our quality fire doors today

 

If you’re in search of an external fire door for your rental property, look no further than Planet Doors. With a reputation for quality and reliability, we offer a wide range designed to meet the highest safety standards. Our expert team can assist you in selecting the right fire door solution tailored to your specific needs. Don’t compromise on safety – trust us to provide the peace of mind you require.

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If you’re living in Telford or surrounding areas in Shropshire,  Planet Doors offer a wide range of both composite and wooden front doors along with fitting. 

Nationwide Delivery and Availability: Expanding Your Choices

For those not based in Telford or Shropshire, the good news is that Planet Doors, offer nationwide delivery, significantly broadening your options. This means you can enjoy the benefits of a high-quality front door, whether you’re in the bustling heart of London or the tranquil Scottish Highlands. This nationwide availability ensures that you’re never limited by location when choosing the perfect front door for your home.

Efficient External Doors | What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties
Efficient External Doors | What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties
Efficient External Doors | What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties
Efficient External Doors | What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties
Efficient External Doors | What You Need to Know About External Fire Doors for Rental Properties

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