Did you know it is essential to have your fire doors inspected as per Australian Standards?
Our Fire Door Inspections department incorporates fire door inspections, remedial repairs and unscheduled repairs to give you one point of contact for all fire door maintenance enquiries. We have recently implemented a new cloud-based management system to deliver faster fire door maintenance reporting and remedial quoting. All our staff have received comprehensive training and our inspectors and technicians have also been undertaking ongoing information sessions regarding changes in the passive fire industry.
Our fully licenced inspectors also carry out small repairs, minor adjustments and lubrication to door hardware whilst on site to prolong the life of fire doors, and minimise the need to carry out further repairs saving you or your client money. At Firemex, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and consistent and accurate information. Please contact us with any enquiries you may have in regard to your fire door maintenance and compliance. Common questions we receive from our customers:
I have recently had an inspection on my unit entry fire doors and have been told they are non-compliant because they have a deadbolt installed. Is this correct?
Yes. Deadbolts are not permitted in fire doors as they negate the function of the door to be self-latching. However, there are options as some deadbolts can be removed and replaced with certain approved hardware.
I have been told my fire doors have “gaps” and don’t comply with the Australian Standard. Is this true?
Yes. There are strict clearance limits on fire doors and if these gaps exceed the limits then the door is not compliant and should be replaced. In some cases, the use of seals can bring doors up to the standard required by AS1851.
I recently received a report detailing my doors as “failed” due to requiring signage. I have green illuminated signage above the door. Why do I need both?
The Australian Standard requires all doors that lead into a fire isolated stairwell or corridor must have approved signage permanently fitted to the door at eye level. In addition to this, doors that form a final exit from 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 the inside of the door.
How often must I have my fire doors inspected?
The frequency of mandatory inspections is determined by the building classification according to the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In most cases, for a commercial building the frequency is every 6 months and for industrial/residential buildings the frequency is annual. If you are unsure of your building classification, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
I have asbestos fire doors in my building. Do I have to have them replaced?
You may not necessarily have to replace the fire doors providing they are in good condition and are still functioning as required by the Australian Standards. 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. Many building owners are conducting routine replacement of old asbestos fire doors as part of their commitment to health and safety.
If you’re looking for a knowledgeable team that takes the confusion out of fire door inspections, Firemex are your go-to team! For more information on our fire door inspections in Queensland, please contact our team today on (07) 3277 3200 and ask for the Fire Door Inspections or email [email protected]