Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked most about fire doors.

If you have a fire door question that’s not answered below you are welcome to contact us directly.

What is an FD30 or FD60 fire door

An FD30 fire door offers at least 30 minutes protection against fires.

As you can probably guess, an FD60 fire door offers at least 60 minutes fire protection.

What is the difference between FD30 and FD30s, FD60 and FD60s

The ‘s’ in FD30s and FD60s indicated that a fire door also has a smoke seal fitted. This is a fire door that offers protection against fires and smoke.

When do fire doors need inspection Ireland

You should visually inspect your firedoors on a regular basis, particularly in busy areas.

Fire doors should be professionally inspected by a competent person trained to do so at a minimum every 6 month.

Should fire doors be professionally installed

Fire doors should be installed by a competent person trained in the proper installation of a fire door.

How often should fire doors be inspected?

You should visually inspect your firedoors on a regular basis, particularly in busy areas.

Fire doors should be professionally inspected every 6 month.

Are fire doors and fire exits the same thing?

No. A fire exit is designed to enable evacuation of a building in the event of a fire. A fire door is designed to prevent the spread of fire.

Do fire doors need seals?

Building Regulations indicate where fire doors need intumescent seals.

Building regulations also indicate situations where a fire door may also have to prevent smoke leakage, in those cases a smoke seal must be fitted

Contact us if you would like further information.

What is a smoke seal?

A smoke seal is designed to prevent the leakage of smoke around a fire door.

What is an intumescent seal

An intumescent seal is an integral part of a fire door set. Without the intumescent seal your fire door will not offer the indicated level of protection.

Intumescent seals fit between your fire door and fire door frame, in the presence of fire the seals expand significantly, sealing the gap between the door and the door frame preventing the spread of fire.

Should fire doors be self closing

All fire doors must be fitted with automatic self closing devices. An open fire door offers no fire protection.

What gaps are permitted around fire doors?

The gap between the door and door frame must be suited to the intumescent seal being used. In general the gap should not exceed 3mm.

Can fire doors be glazed?

Yes but any glazing in a fire door must perform as well as the door core. Generally this means the glass must be factory supplied/fitted as part of the fire door set.

Are Intumescent Seals and Smoke Seals the Same?

No. An intumescent seal is designed to expand in the presence of heat filling the gap between the fire door and the door frame. A smoke seal is only designed to prevent the spread of smoke.

Combined fire and smoke seals are designed to inhibit the spread of fire and smoke.

Can I inspect my own fire doors?

You should visually inspect your fire doors on a regular basis, particularly in high traffic areas.

Fire doors should be professionally inspected every 6 month.

What parts of my fire doors should be inspected?

Here’s a quick check list for a regular in-house fire door check which you can complete yourself between your professional fire door inpections.

  • Label – does your fire door has a certification label?
  • Gaps – the gaps around the top and side should be consistently less than 4mm when the door is closed. The gap beneath the door should be less than 8mm.
  • Hinges – are there three or more firmly fixed hinges with no missing screws?
  • Seals – check the seals around the door or frame. Are they intact with no sign of damage?
  • Closing – check the door closes firmly onto the latch without sticking anywhere.

What is a single leaf fire door?

A leaf is a single independently moving panel, the part you would typically think of as a door. A single leaf fire door has just one of these panels.

What is a double leaf fire door?

A leaf is a single independently moving panel, the part you would typically think of as a door. A double leaf fire door has two of these panels. The two panels may or may not be the same size in a double leaf fire door.

What is a ‘competent person’

Building owners need ‘competent persons’ as referenced in the Fire Safety Order to help them comply with fire door regulations.

The safest way to assure competency is to use the services of Certificated Firedoor Inspectors like Ceasefire Services.

What is a fire doorset

Fire doors are often supplied as a complete fire door set which would include the door frame, door leaf, appropriate intumescent/smoke seals and other suitable hardware like hinges and handles.