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The Importance of Fire Door Surveys

Compartmentation Surveys | Trident Fire Compliance
Published: 12th February 2024

Fire safety is a paramount concern in any building, whether it’s a residential home, a commercial building, or an industrial facility. Fire doors are a vital component of fire safety systems and are designed to contain and slow down the spread of flames and smoke, giving occupants valuable time to escape in the event of a fire. However, to ensure these doors perform effectively, regular fire door surveys are essential.

Fire doors act as barriers, containing the fire within a specific area and preventing its rapid spread. These doors are designed to resist the passage of flames and smoke, providing valuable time for evacuation and minimising property damage. A routine inspection ensures that these doors are fully functional and ready to serve their purpose when needed most. Unlike most other fire protection systems, fire doors are regularly used by occupants to travel through a building. This means they undergo a lot of wear and tear which overtime can hinder their performance in a fire.

Compliance with Regulations

One of the primary reasons for conducting fire door surveys is to ensure compliance with local and national building codes and fire safety regulations. These regulations dictate specific requirements for fire doors, including their construction, installation, and maintenance. Regular surveys help identify any deviations from these standards, ensuring that the building remains in compliance. Non-compliance can lead to legal issues and jeopardise the safety of occupants.

Safety of Occupants

The safety of the building’s occupants is the top priority of any fire safety system. Fire doors play a crucial role in preventing the rapid spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, which can be life-threatening.Regular surveys assess the condition of fire doors, identifying issues like damaged frames, missing seals, or improper latching mechanisms. Addressing these problems promptly can mean the difference between life and death during a fire emergency.

Property Protection

Fire doors not only protect lives but also property. In the event of a fire, containing the flames and smoke within a limited area can minimise damage to the building and its contents. Fire door surveys help ensure that these doors function as intended, reducing the potential for extensive property loss.Maintained and effective fire doors are essential to compartmentation and are often a requirement for building insurers for them to offer up suitable policies and protection. Defective fire doors (or any fire protection system) following a fire could be investigated by the building insurers which may lead to a rejection on any claims for repairs.

Cost-Effective Maintenance

Regular fire door surveys can save building owners and managers money in the long run. By identifying and addressing issues early, costly repairs or replacements can be avoided. Preventive maintenance based on survey findings can extend the lifespan of fire doors, reducing the need for expensive repairs or replacements. Maintaining fire doors regularly through their life span will ultimately save costs, as defective fire doors which have been left unaddressed for months or years could accumulate in very expensive replacements. Given the number of fire doors often present in a building, these expensive replacement costs can soon mount up to eye watering figures.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that fire doors are in good working condition provides peace of mind to building occupants and owners. Regularly maintained fire doors comply with help you comply with all legal and financial responsibilities. It instils confidence that in the event of a fire, the fire doors will function as intended, offering valuable time for safe evacuation.


Fire door surveys are not just a formality they are a critical component of fire safety. They ensure that fire doors are in compliance with regulations, protect lives and property, and save money in the longterm. Investing in regular fire door surveys is an investment in safety, peace of mind, and overall building integrity.

Trident Fire Compliance offer a comprehensive service for compartmentation surveys which include fire doors. Our expert consultants can inspect existing fire doors and establish their condition. They can then offer effective means of remediation to bring the doors back to acceptable standard where possible using supporting guidance and literature, where possible.

About the author

Sion Roach

Sion is a Fire Protection Consultant at Trident, with 10 years of experience in passive fire protection. Sion continues to gain extensive knowledge within the industry to ensure that services provided are to the highest standards.

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