No time for playtime regarding fire
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Fire protection need not be a vulnerable
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.
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
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