A new regulation has been made under Article 24 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which has huge implications on the fire door inspection industry in the UK.
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 will make it a legal requirement from 23 January 2023 for responsible persons for all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 metres in height to:
- Undertake quarterly checks of all fire doors (including self-closing devices) in the common parts; and,
- Undertake – on a best endeavour basis – annual checks of all flat entrance doors (including self-closing devices) that lead onto a building’s common parts.
The regulations will also require responsible persons to provide to residents of all multi-occupied residential buildings with two or more sets of domestic premises (that have common parts) information on the importance of fire doors to a building’s fire safety.
A government fact sheet explaining the rules is here: Fact sheet: Fire doors (regulation 10) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)