Andhouse are one of the few companies in the UK that is certified under the Q Mark scheme for both the installation and maintenance of Fire Doors.
Fire Doors work together in an integrated system in order to preserve life and property by compartmentalising a fire and creating and protecting an escape route through the building. The function of a fire door is to provide resistance to smoke and/or fire for a minimum specified length of time. Typically, this time is 30 minutes or 60 minutes (FD30 or FD60). It is possible to have a resistance of up to 4 hours by using steel fire doors, however, this level of protection is usually only a requirement in specific, high-risk environments.
In most situations, thirty minutes should allow for the evacuation of premises and response of the emergency fire services. The Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) will determine the fire door provision that needs to be in place.
Andhouse undertakes full onsite inspections of existing fire doors and screens to check compliance with current legislation. As a BM TRADA certified company, we ensure doors are 100% compliant with fire safety regulations and completely effective. We also provide advice on the suitability of upgrading existing doors.
Andhouse offers one-off surveys as well as regular service contracts for your fire doors, making sure you have ongoing regulatory compliance and peace of mind. We welcome enquiries from businesses or individuals concerned with optimising the safety of their fire doors
All our inspections are completed using the FireDNA app which ensures comprehensive, evidence based and consistent passive fire product monitoring and enables Andhouse to deliver, clear, accurate, accessible up-to-date information: https://www.fire-dna.com/
The FireDNA app is at the forefront of Fire Safety technology. The software catalogues manufacturers’ product data, digitally shares it with contractors and installers, who in turn add their installation data, passing that on to building owners, FM’s and TMO’s. The data can be used by maintenance teams and fire inspectors with the simple swipe of a smartphone.
Since 2006, the law in England and Wales has shifted responsibility for Fire Safety to building owners or operators. Whether you run an office, a school, a care home or any other building (other than a private house) you are now legally obliged to appoint someone to take steps to mitigating risk from fire. Getting this right can save lives and reduce any fire risk in the property you run. The basics include organising Fire Risk assessments and bi-annual Fire Door inspections, as best practice.
Andhouse Fire Doors Ltd. carries out Fire Door surveys in London and the South-East for large, medium and small companies, blocks of flats, houses in multiple occupation, care homes, hospitals and other institutions. Please contact us for advice on your fire safety responsibilities or to book a Fire Door survey.
The Regulatory Reform Order came into force in 2006 across England and Wales. It transferred the responsibility for Fire Safety from the fire authorities to whoever has day-to-day control of premises. This person is known as the Responsible Person. If you are the Responsible Person you are legally required to take steps to reduce the risk from fire. You should also consider how to contain a fire should one break out and ensure people can escape safely. As a Responsible Person you also need to be able to identify Competent Persons. A Competent Person is a knowledgeable, qualified professional who can undertake preventative and protective measures, such as Fire Door inspections.
Fire doors are an essential part of a building’s fire compartmentation system. The law places an obligation on building operators to make sure fire doors, as well as escape doors, are installed correctly and are under a sustained, suitable and sufficient program of inspection and maintenance.
Further, the 2022 Fire Safety (England) Regulations place new legal requirements on Responsible Persons from January 2023. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-england-regulations-2022/fact-sheet-fire-doors-regulation-10
Contact us to discuss how we can assist you in becoming compliant with Fire Safety regulations.