No time for playtime regarding fire safety

Like many other buildings that are accessed by communities, schools and other education facilities are required to proactively maintain fire safety. The school head teacher or ‘Responsible Person’ is accountable for taking the necessary steps to protect pupils and staff in the event of a fire, ensuring fire protection measures are adequate, inspected and maintained.

Fire doors serve two core purposes during a fire, preventing the spread of fire and smoke, and opening to provide means of escape. High risk areas such as catering facilities, server rooms and ICT suites require particular protection. Inadequate maintenance of fire doors could result in a breach and increased risk of fire spread, smoke damage and most importantly risk to life. A poorly maintained fire door could be the difference between a hold open device serving its purpose and closing a door when activated, or staying open allowing fire spread.

Kellaway Commercial is experienced in completing comprehensive fire surveys and providing advisories on passive fire protection, specialising in fire door installation and maintenance. The team is skilled in maintaining passive fire protection in existing school buildings in addition to the design and install of fire doors in new school buildings as specified by the ‘Building Bulletin: design for fire safety in schools’.


Covering it with a bandage won’t make fire risk go away

Hospitals have thousands of people passing through their doors every day, staff, patients and visitors – all of these people are under the care of the hospital when on the premises. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005, saw responsibility for fire safety transferred to building owners and managers. The designated ‘Responsible Person’ is legally required to carry out an assessment of fire risks and take action to reduce or remove the risks.

Footfall in hospitals is consistent with them being operational around the clock. The traffic is hard wearing on doors which come into contact with trolleys, beds, wheelchairs, staff and patients on a daily basis. Doors inevitably become damaged with cracks and dents which compromise their effectiveness. Kellaway Commercial provides professional routine and reactive maintenance to fire doors to ensure that the safety of those that reside in the hospital is maintained.

The sheer size of hospitals, the limited mobility of people receiving care and the electrical equipment on site make them particularly vulnerable in the event of a fire. Effective maintenance of fire doors could be the difference between an escape route being kept clear of fire and smoke or the fire being compartmentalised in a single area of the building, limiting risk to life, property and specialist equipment. Partnering with Kellaway Commercial will give you reassurance that fire doors are fit for purpose and comply with fire safety standards.


Getting down to business with passive fire protection

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005, which is also known as the RRO or FSO, covers all non-domestic buildings, of which fire doors are a significant feature. The ‘Responsible Person’, whether it be the building owner, employer or operator, has a legal responsibility to ensure users of the building are safe. The ‘Responsible Person’ must be able to demonstrate that in the event of a fire, the premises can be evacuated as quickly and as safely as possible.

The importance of fire safety should not be underestimated, there have been instances where business owners and ‘Responsible Persons’ have been prosecuted as a result of injuries and fatalities associated with poor fire door maintenance.

The team at Kellaway Commercial is skilled in carrying out comprehensive fire safety surveys, identifying risks and producing a report of advisories for improving and maintaining passive fire protection. Kellaway Commercial is approved for Fire Door Installation, Fire Door Maintenance and Passive Fire Stopping, with BM Trada Exova certification. Kellaway Commercial has experience in dealing with a wide range of commercial buildings including offices, industrial facilities, restaurants and retail units.

Care Homes

Fire protection need not be a vulnerable matter

In relation to fire safety, special consideration must be given to those at considerable risk – children, disabled persons and those with impairments or special needs. Legal requirements stipulate that all care homes must conduct a Fire Risk Assessment, and once risks are identified, the ‘responsible person’, whether it be the owner or facilities manager, is accountable for ensuring that fire safety standards are adhered to.

Kellaway Commercial can investigate pressure points identified by Fire Risk Assessments, carry out comprehensive fire safety surveys and produce detailed reports outlining advisories to compliance. Following investigation, Kellaway Commercial’s skilled team can actively support with overcoming challenges and rectifying issues.

Effective identification and management of fire safety risks will significantly reduce the likelihood of fire causing detrimental damage to property or posing a threat to life. Kellaway Commercial has a reputation as a trusted passive fire protection partner, with extensive experience in conducting comprehensive surveys on firestopping and fire door compliance, in addition to carrying out responsive and routine fire safety maintenance and offering general building maintenance support.