Fire safety is a paramount concern for any commercial business. Fire doors play a vital role in protecting your employees, customers, and property in the event of a fire. During Fire Door Safety Week, it's essential to emphasize the importance of regular inspections and maintenance to ensure these doors are functioning correctly. In this blog post, we'll discuss five key things to check for fire door safety in your commercial business.

1. Proper Certification and Labelling

The first step in ensuring fire door safety is to verify that your doors are properly certified and labelled. Fire doors should meet industry standards and carry a certification label indicating their fire resistance rating, typically denoted in minutes (e.g., 30, 60, 90 minutes). Ensure that these labels are visible, legible, and not tampered with. Additionally, make sure the doors are installed correctly according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

2. Functionality and Self-Closing Mechanisms

Fire doors must be in good working order to fulfil their purpose effectively. Regularly check that the self-closing mechanisms are functional, as fire doors should automatically close and latch when released. They should also have a tight seal to prevent smoke and flames from spreading. If you notice any issues with the door's operation, have them repaired immediately to maintain fire safety.

3. No Obstructions

One common issue in commercial spaces is the obstruction of fire doors. Fire doors should always be clear of any obstructions, including furniture, storage, or signage. In an emergency, these doors need to provide a clear and unobstructed exit path. Establish clear guidelines and educate employees about always keeping fire doors accessible.

4. Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Establish a routine inspection and maintenance schedule for all fire doors in your commercial business. Inspections should include checking the condition of the door, frame, and hardware. Look for any signs of wear, damage, or corrosion. Address any issues promptly to ensure the doors remain in optimal condition.

5. Employee Training and Awareness

Even the best fire doors are ineffective if employees are not trained on their proper use and the importance of fire safety. Conduct regular fire drills and include instructions on how to use fire doors safely during these exercises. Make sure employees understand that fire doors are not to be propped open or obstructed in any way.


Fire door safety is a critical aspect of your commercial business's overall fire safety plan. By following these five essential checks, you can help ensure that your fire doors are in optimal condition and will perform effectively in the event of a fire. Remember, fire safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone in your organization plays a role in maintaining a safe environment. Use Fire Door Safety Week as an opportunity to raise awareness, educate your staff, and promote a culture of safety within your business.