Common alterations which compromise fire door performance


DATE: 19 September 2022 10:00


In support of the 2022 BWF F!RE DOOR SAFETY WEEK which is running from the 19 – 25 September, the Fire Protection Association are delivering a webinar open to everyone to support the safe management of fire doors.  This webinar will be delivered live for anyone to watch and then it will be made available to watch on demand for FPA members.

When it comes to passive fire safety, many buildings have a range of compartments, hidden voids and cavities, and vast numbers of services flowing between the compartments.   The final cosmetic appearance of visible aspects of a building seems to be a higher priority than ensuring all complex and trusted fire safety systems remain intact...until the event of a fire and such passive safety principles stop working.  In this webinar Mike Floyd, passive fire trainer at the FPA with a special interest in fire doors, will discuss the correct specification and installation of various fire door configurations and examine some of the common alterations affecting performance that can be made to fire doors over the course of their lives.

This webinar has been awarded 1 IFE CPD hour.

The webinar will address common issues such as:

  • using replacement hardware parts that are not approved by the manufacturer
  • trimming the door to fit in to a space
  • fitting “lipping” to make the fire door fit after damage
  • putting a different finish onto your fire door for visual purposes
  • adding on signage/locks/branding/vents/push plates or vision panels: does this change the fire performance of the door under full fire test conditions?
  • hanging fire doors in your own existing frames/doorsets
  • the use of single leaf doors as a set of fire doors
  • not installing all of the passive safety features of a door
  • are all alterations banned or are some acceptable?

The webinar will explore how fire doors should be inspected and assessed to various best practice guides and refer to current performance requirements of Building Regulations, including FD30, FD30(S) or FD60(S).   Finally, it will finish with managing shared challenges such as if there is no budget or plan to replace broken or fire doors that are no longer fit for purpose, is this acceptable in critical locations?  What can be done, or is worth doing?  Such scenarios must be carefully weighed up against many factors which should all come out of a good risk assessment.

  • Fire risk assessors
  • Fire safety managers
  • Building managers
  • Facilities managers
  • Health and safety managers

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