Fire doors are an essential element of any building’s fire safety strategy. They are specifically designed to prevent the spread of smoke and fire, providing people with enough time to meet the fire strategy for the building. Fire doors can also help to protect property and prevent the loss of important assets.
As such, it is important to ensure that fire doors are installed correctly and in accordance with building regulations. One question that often arises is whether joiners are qualified to install fire doors. In this blog, we will explore this question in more detail.
In terms of who can install fire doors, the answer is that anyone can do so. However, it is important that the person installing the door is competent and understands the relevant regulations and standards. Joiners are often employed to install fire doors as they have the necessary skills and experience to do so. However, whilst a joiner may be skilled in installing doors, it does not necessarily mean that they are qualified to install fire doors.
Fire doors must meet certain standards and regulations to be effective in preventing the spread of fire and smoke. A qualified professional who has been trained to install fire doors will know these regulations and can ensure that the door is installed correctly.
In our view it’s essential to ensure that the person who installs your fire doors is qualified and competent to do so. Failing to do so could put lives and property at risk in the event of a fire.
To install a fire door, many sectors now require a person to have specific training and qualifications. These may include:
It’s important to ask any potential installer about their qualifications and training before allowing them to install your fire door, whether for residential or business premises. At Fire Doors Complete, we offer a range of comprehensive training programmes which can be attended in person or from home.
Fire door installation is regulated by several standards and regulations, including:
The Building Regulations: The Building Regulations 2010 Approved Document B covers the installation of fire doors in England and Wales. This document sets out the minimum requirements for fire doors in various types of buildings.
BS 8214:2016: This British Standard provides guidance on the installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors in buildings.
BS 9999:2017: This British Standard provides guidance on fire safety in the design, management, and use of buildings.
BS EN 1634-1:2014: This British Standard provides guidance on fire resistance and smoke control tests for door and shutter assemblies.
BS 476 part 22:1987: This is the longstanding British Standard for methods for determining the fire resistance of non-load bearing elements of construction.
Importantly, there are also Standards that deal with the restricted spread of cold smoke.
It’s essential to ensure that your fire door is installed in accordance with these regulations to ensure that it is effective in preventing the spread of fire and smoke.
In conclusion, joiners can install fire doors, but it is important to ensure that they are competent and aware of the relevant regulations and standards. By working with a qualified and experienced joiner, you can ensure that your fire doors are installed correctly and provide adequate protection in the event of a fire.
Q: Can a joiner install a fire door?
A: While a joiner may be skilled in installing doors, it does not necessarily mean that they are qualified to install fire doors. Fire doors must be installed by a competent person who has been trained to install fire doors.
Q: What qualifications does a person need to install a fire door?
A: To install a fire door, a person should have completed fire door installation training. Fire Doors Complete offers courses to people living in Nottingham and Derby as well as further afield in Birmingham, London, and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Q: What are the regulations for fire door installation?
A: Fire door installation is regulated by several standards and regulations, including the Building Regulations and BS 8214:2016.
Fire Doors Complete has years of experience working with timber-based fire doors and fire safety regulations in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and beyond. We aim to make every building safe and legal and run a variety of training programmes to help educate fire door installers, maintainers, inspectors, property owners and building operators about the legislation surrounding fire doors in the UK.
We work with joinery companies, door fabricators, housing associations, builders, installers, landlords, facilities maintenance companies and healthcare and education institutions to ensure fire door safety compliance, and provide high levels of customer satisfaction according to our reviews.