To answer this regularly asked question, one of Safelincs’ fire door assessors has created a short fire door help guide: do I need FD30 or FD60 fire doors? It lists the main legal frameworks relating to fire doors and offers an easy-to-understand overview of applications for FD30 and FD60 fire doors.
We also have a library of help files in our fire door help section which offers further guidance:
If you have very specific questions relating to fire doors, you can also discuss these on our fire safety forum where fire safety experts will answer your questions.
Safelincs also offers fire door assessments as well as the manufacture of standard and made-to-measure internal fire doors. We pride ourselves to be able to supply you with everything from information and advice to complete fire doors and all required fire door hardware.
If you would like to speak to our friendly fire door team, please ring 0800 612 4837
Safelincs has produced a series of videos about fire risk assessment in churches and general fire safety specifically for those with a responsibility for churches. Starting with a three minute video examining the risk assessment process for a church, it is followed by further videos of similar length concisely covering each aspect of church fire safety. These are:
• Sources of ignition
• Flammable materials
• People at risk
• Escape plans and evacuation
• Fire Exits
• Unsupervised visitors
• Arson risks
• Emergency lighting
• Fire safety procedures
• Fire doors
• Fire-fighting equipment
• Fire detection
• Testing of fire equipment
Churches and church halls all have a legal requirement to carry out fire risk assessments. Areas that need special attention are electrical wiring and the careful management of extension leads (frequently used since churches tend not to have many power sockets). Heating systems and any additional heaters need to be regularly maintained and of course candles, in regular use in churches, need to be adequately controlled.
Churches may be at increased risk of fire is when repair or restoration work is being undertaken.
Another consideration is that more churches that are incorporating cafes and hence cooking areas.
Whatever the size or age of church, these “bite-sized” videos will be invaluable for anyone responsible for the general management of a church.