FAQ’s regarding fire door compliance
- We have recently had an inspection on our fire doors and have been told they are non compliant as no compliance tag is fitted. Is this correct?
Fire door tags are an integral part of the fire door, it shows the fire rating, manufacturer, applicant, certifier and year installed. If fire door is missing the tag and is relatively new you may contact the company that installed the door and issued the certificate for re certification. If that fails you will have no other option other than replace the door and sometimes the hardware.
- We have been told our fire doors are non compliant as they have a deadbolt installed. Is this correct?
Deadbolts are not permitted on fire doors because they negate the function of the door to be self latching. There are options, however, as some deadbolts can be removed, or replaced with certain approved hardware, that said, in many cases the only way to ensure compliances is to have the door replaced and new approved hardware installed.
- We have been told that our fire doors have “excessive gaps” and don’t comply with the Australian standard. Is this true?
Yes. There are strict clearance limits on fire doors requirements and if these gaps exceed the limits then the door is not compliant and should be replaced. In some cases, however, the use of compliant upgrade seals can bring doors up to the standard required by AS1851-2005.
- We recently received a report stating that our doors as “failed” due to requiring signage. We have green illuminated signage above the door. Why do we need both?
The Australian standard requires that all fire doors that lead into a fire isolated stairwell or corridor must have approved signage (FIRE DOOR DO NOT OBSTRUCT DO NOT KEEP OPEN) permanently fitted to the door. In addition to this, doors that form a final exit for a fire isolated stairwell or corridor must have signage on BOTH sides of the door. Illuminated exit signs are only installed above the door on egress side of the door.
- How often do our fire doors have to be checked?
The frequency of the required inspections is determined by the building classification in the BCA. In most cases for commercial and industrial buildings the frequency is every 6 months, and for residential buildings the frequency is annually. You should check with Scanline Fire Doors to ensure that you are meeting your obligations in terms of your regular testing and maintenance of the fire doors.
- Our building has fire door containing asbestos. Do I have to have them replaced?
Many building owners are conducting routine replacement of the old asbestos fire doors as part of their commitment to workplace health and safety. You may not necessarily have to replace the fire door, providing they are in good condition and are still functioning as required by the Australian fire door requirements. If the doors are in disrepair, have faulty hardware or do not have the required compliance tag on the door, the only option is to have the doors replaced and have new hardware installed.
- For peace of mind always use a licensed company for your fire doors (Check the BSA website if unsure)