AUST – Essential Property Services advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) nominates fire doors as essential safety measures in Part I1 ‘Equipment and Safety Installations’. Various state regulations nominate fire door inspections to be performed under AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’ when nominated by a building surveyor in a determination/ schedule.

During the course of performing fire door inspections, our essential safety measures assessors view typical ‘critical’ defects to fire doors which occur frequently in our clients’ buildings. The following is a snapshot of typical defects in fire doors in buildings.

Fire Doors Comments & Action Fire Doors Photos
C: Fire door closer arm dislodged.A: Repair door closer arm in an approved method.
C: Fire door is not self closing (door closer removed). Door is not self latching.A: Fire door to be self closing. Door is to be made self latching, provide door closer of an approved type.
C: Fire door held open by a device. Damage to base of the fire door.A: Remove hold open device. Repair damage to the base of the fire door with the appropriate material.
C: Loose pin to fire door hinge.A: Reinsert pin to hinge.

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