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Fire Door Inspections

A critical part of a building’s passive fire safety strategy

Checking and inspecting fire doors is an integral part of Chubb’s portfolio of fire solutions designed to prevent, detect, and contain fires while enabling people time to safely evacuate. If you own a business or a property in the UK, our comprehensive audit of fire doors will help you to maintain safe environments and conform to the latest fire safety legislation.

What is a fire door inspection?

A fire door inspection helps to stop the spread of fire, contains smoke, and protect evacuation routes by checking the condition and components of a fire door are in good working order. Our high-quality fire door inspections are carried out by a competent fire assessor. 

The assessor will carefully inspect internal doors, checking each door’s structural integrity, the furniture and mechanisms for faults, damage or wear.  The duration of the inspection will vary depending on the number of doors being checked, but once the inspection is complete, you will receive a report detailing a pass or fail rating for each door. 

If a fire door fails, the report will include recommendations for any remedial work needed to bring the doors up to standard and ensure they are fit for purpose.

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Why is a fire door inspection important?

Fire doors are a critical part of a building’s passive fire safety strategy. They are as important as testing the battery on a smoke alarm or checking the pressure of a fire extinguisher. 

Fully functioning fire doors help to prevent the spread of fires and provide people with a safe route to evacuate. Compartmentalisation helps to starve the fire of oxygen, eventually subduing it.  

Everyday use of fire doors can result in damage to the door and its surroundings. Over time, this can affect the performance of the door decreasing its effectiveness in the event of a fire. We recommend having an inspection every 12 months (every six months if you are in Scotland) to detect any faults or wear that may cause the door to fail in the event of a fire. A regular inspection will also provide you with peace of mind and the relevant documented proof you need to comply with fire safety regulations. 

Fire Safety legislation for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland highlights the legal responsibilities of reducing the risk of fire spreading within a premises. Penalties for failing to comply with the legislation carry unlimited fines or a prison sentence for organisations and landlords.


Read more about the legislation here: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 England and Wales Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, supported by the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006. Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010