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Fire Doors

Reducing the spread of fire and smoke from one room to another

What are fire doors?

Unlike an emergency exit that sits on the outside of the building, a fire door is used internally. It is a technical product that has been tested to provide a timed level or resistance should a fire occur. The purpose of the fire door is to reduce the spread of fire and smoke from one area to another usually to protect an exit route and provide a safe refuge.

The Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) for your site will determine the fire door provision that needs to be in place. The company is then legally obliged to carry out work accordingly.

Poyntell are one of the few companies in the UK that is certified under the Q Mark scheme for both the installation and maintenance of fire doors and are happy to provide advice in this important area of fire safety.

Q-Mark UKAS Fire Door Installation
Q-Mark UKAS Fire Door Maintenance
SafeContractor Approved
GAI Full
CAME Safe Company

Do’s and Don’ts when installing and maintaining fire doors


  • Specify and use third-party certificated fire doors and components.
  • Buy fire doors, frames and components from certificated companies.
  • Check the certificate matches the door.
  • Make sure you have the correct certification for the door’s intended use.
  • Install and maintain fire doors using competent personnel.
  • Make sure that ironmongery components are CE marked.


  • Fit a fire door like any other door – it’s not, it’s an engineered safety device.
  • Cut vision panels and other holes on site.
  • Patch up a fire door against manufactures repair guidelines.
  • Take risks by reducing the specification.
  • Disconnect a fire door closer.
  • Prop or wedge open a fire door without a certified fire door prop.

Interesting facts about Fire Doors

  • About 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK.
  • The vast majority of fire doors are made from timber.
  • In a survey among fire risk assessors, 80% of escape routes were obstructed, 65% of fire doors were wedged open, 85% had door closers disconnected.
  • Leaving fire doors wedged or propped open disregards the safety of others and is against the law.
  • In a recent review of 100 cases prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire doors were the second highest reason for prosecutions.
  • All fire doors should be fitted with intumescent seals – they expand 5-10 times their original size sealing the gaps around the perimeter of the door and holding the door construction firmly in place.
  • Some fire doors may also need smoke seals and/or acoustic seals.
  • Essential ironmongery for fire doors must be CE marked and the correct signage displayed.

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