Checkmate Fire specialise in the surveying, restoration and installing of fire doors and frames. This includes front entrance doors-sets, emergency doors and communal doors in communal office and healthcare building and multistorey residential buildings.
The Importance of Fire Doors
A fire door is one of the most important and often overlooked, fire safety products on your premises. The key to passive fire protection is to contain the fire to a particular compartment or room, giving occupants enough time to escape and the fire service enough time to enter the building and tackle the fire.
Fire doors are an integral part of this, designed to prevent the fire or smoke from spreading. However due the nature of fire doors being used in a functional way on a regular basis means they are at greater risk of damage and abuse, seriously compromising the fire protection in your building.
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Fire doors are essential to the safety and protection of a building and its occupants
The Right Solution
Checkmate Fire work with leading fire doors manufacturers which means we can offer you the most appropriate, cost-effective solution to meet a range of requirements in terms of usage and fire rating. Whether your need is for a full replacement, replacement door leaf’s only or upgrade of existing door sets we have the expertise and experience to carry out the services you need.
We offer a consultative approach to ensure clients receive the best possible solutions to maximise cost effectiveness and reduce potential long-term maintenance costs.
All of our fire door works are certified through third party accreditation under the BRE/LPCB scheme LPS 1271 and LPS1197. Clients can be assured that all fire doors are installed in accordance with the fire door manufacturer’s fixing instructions and test reports to ensure that they will perform as required and intended in a fire situation.
Fire Door Surveys
We offer a professional and expert fire door inspection service that is independent and certified. Our Certificated Fire Door Inspectors are fully qualified to carry out the inspections of your fire doors and prepare a detailed report on the fire doors on your premises.
3RD PARTY ACCREDITED
Checkmate Fire are certified through third party accreditation under the BRE/LPCB scheme, so you can rest assured that our inspectors have the appropriate fire door qualifications and credentials.
Our qualified fire door inspectors, repairers and maintainers are aware of the British and European standards relating to fire doors and their installation as well as publications and best practice guidelines.
With this we can assure you we have the nationwide capability to undertake full onsite inspections of existing doors and door-sets. This includes vision panels and ironmongery, to check compliance with current legislation.
LEGISLATION AND COMPLIANCE
We work to your Fire Risk Assessments and provide recommendations of remedial works necessary to achieve compliance including advice on suitable upgrading where necessary.
Fire safety legislation makes it clear that fire doors are installed and maintained as fit for purpose. BS9999 gives guidance about inspections and how often they should be made so it’s an area where you cannot afford to take chances.
After the inspection has been completed, a detailed report is written that will outline the condition of each doors and which parts need to replaced.
Checkmate use the latest technology and software to manage inspections onsite and record the data in real time. FiredoorCheck dynamically captures the essential details and condition of each door, creating a database for future ongoing inspections.
Areas of non compliance are visually highlighted in a way that allows organisations to prioritise maintenance activity and expenditure, useful in times of budget constraints, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the nature and scale of the problem.
It creates a door schedule, as required by RRO, and records the history of each door to provide information for analysis, both in terms of fire compliance and ongoing remedial cost.
A unique system that allows a robust and highly cost-effective maintenance plan to be developed and managed by all internal stakeholders FOR THE LIFE OF THE BUILDING so that fire compliance can be not only achieved but also maintained and recorded to satisfy Fire Service Enforcement Officers, Building Control and other external bodies.
Checkmate Fire use Electronic Surveys/Works Records and Asset Management Recording to provide a unique reference for each door set, which, together with location plans, encourages the physical numbering of doors to assist in their identification and long-term cost-effective maintenance.
Checkmate offer a range of Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) options tailored to client requirements and to meet legal obligation under the RRO.
Unlike any other item of fire safety equipment installed in our buildings, fire doors are often subject to high levels of use which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of wear and tear. Add to this the potential for damage, either accidental or deliberate.
As a vital element in the overall fire strategy of a building, it is essential that fire doors are managed and maintained to ensure that they can perform as expected in the event of a fire.
In our Rogues Gallery you can view just a few of the many examples identified by our surveyors of the consequences of not inspecting and maintaining fire doors adequately.
Checkmate Fire are certified through third party accreditation under the BRE/LPCB scheme to make sure that the work is carried out or overseen by our qualified people
Fire Door Restoration/Remediation
With existing doors there may be no product certification and maintenance instructions so how can you be sure the repair work you do is correct and that the doors are fit for purpose? The answer is to make sure that the work is carried out or overseen by qualified people who have fire door qualifications and credentials.
Checkmate Fire are fully qualified and 3rd party accredited to carry out fire doors inspections an repairs where possible. A competent repair will not compromise the fire separation properties of the door. Suitable fire rated components are always used and sufficient intumescent protection maintained.
Using our fire door survey process and bespoke software, Checkmate’s BRE and FDIS qualified fire door inspectors undertake inspection and remediation of existing fire doors under the BRE / LPCB door remediation scheme LPS 1197. Once remediated, such nominal fire doors are LPCB Certified as ‘remedial compliant’ and thereafter can be inspected, remediated and LPCB certified annually to keep doors fully functional, fire compliant, and legal.
Checkmate is able to fit a range of innovative and cost-effective products to protect and increase the life of doors whilst reducing maintenance bills. All installed protection products are designed, tested and proven to retain full integrity even after prolonged abrasion and impact.
Fire Door Installation
Sometimes it’s not possible to repair a fire door because damage to its integrity is so severe or the fire performance certification may limit scope for repairs and alterations. Or you may need fire doors fitting to new construction projects
The correct installation of a fire door-set is a complex procedure requiring a clear understanding of the role played by each individual component. Fire safety legislation makes it clear that fire doors are installed and maintained as fit for purpose. Checkmate are 3rd Party Accredited installers under the BRE / LPCB scheme LPS 1271. Clients can be assured that all fire doors are installed in accordance with the fire door manufacturer’s fixing instructions and test reports to ensure that they will perform as required and intended in a fire situation.
3rd party accredited, fully compliant, fire doors can be sourced and specified to meet a range of requirements in terms of usage and fire rating. Fire doors in medium to severe usage locations such as cross corridors and stairwells may require a higher specification than for light duty doors such as those found on service riser cupboards. We are happy to discuss specifications with clients in order to maximise cost effectiveness and reduce potential long term maintenance and associated costs.