AUST – Essential Property Services advises that some of our essential safety measures fire door inspections and smoke door inspections (under AS 1851 – 2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’) in hotels have identified installed magnetic door hold-open devices to guest rooms. These devices hold open the door for entrance purposes and cleaning. Since these fire doors and smoke doors are required fire doors or smoke doors under previous building approvals issued (within the determination/schedule) at the time of construction or there after, a problem exists when the doors are being held open. These doors were required to be self closing upon entry to the room.

In the event of injury or loss of life, those devices held open, will be critically assessed by authorities and the courts as well as insurance companies especially as they are nominated in the essential safety measures logbook. Managers should validate the installation of these devices on fire doors or smoke doors, so they can remain legal (probably with conditions) or consideration should be given for their removal as continual maintenance under AS 1851 fire door inspections reveals non-compliance on an ongoing basis… (more)

Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures

Refer to our Essential Safety Measures Identification Table for further information on fire safety compliance and the Annual Statement.

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