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The importance of good installation cannot be overemphasised. Poor installation can mean that an otherwise well-manufactured door fails to provide the required performance in the event of a fire. The installation of a doorset is as much a part of the fire resistance test as the doorset itself. Therefore, any alterations to the method of installation must be covered by a test report, an assessment report or an extended field of application report.
Repair and maintenance of a life-safety device such as a fire door is imperative. Generally, after handover, this responsibility passes to the building owner. Ongoing maintenance should be considered a preventive measure to ensure that the doorset operates correctly at all times. Where problems are identified it is extremely important that a system is in place to ensure that timely corrective action takes place so that failure of the doorset is prevented. It is strongly recommended that a scheduled programme is implemented and that any maintenance.