The following session, known as a ‘Product Module’ relates to a specific product to be used for fire protection. The presentation looks generically at the maintenance and repair of fire rated hinged pedestrian door systems. This product module is titled ‘Fire Door Maintenance & Repair’.
The module is run at the advanced level and assumes trainees have some knowledge of fire doors.
The module starts with an introduction and then looks at the various regulatory requirements, particularly the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005, highlighting the specific maintenance requirements mentioned in some of the documents. This section also offers examples of the essential caveats that will be required as the doorset will only perform as a complete doorset system although, for example, only the lock might be changed. This section is followed by details of how the fire rated timber doorsets are tested.
The next section looks at the maintenance of the hinged pedestrian fire doors and concentrates on the fire rated timber doors, as these are more popular and tend to suffer more abuse in the normal life of the building. A brief summary of the general requirements of a fire rated timber doorset are initially viewed. The presentation examines various aspects of maintenance and repair related to the door frame, the leaf, door seals vision panels and ironmongery. The area related to ironmongery is covered in depth and also looks at what is acceptable with respect to substitution of ironmongery. Preventative maintenance with respect to high traffic areas is also covered.
The following sections looks briefly at refurbishment of heritage doors and is followed by a short section concerning ‘Troubleshooting’ related to ‘binding’, ‘oversize gaps’ and ‘failure to close’ of fire doors.
The final parts look briefly at the maintenance of fire rated steel, composite and fabric doorsets.