Fire doors save lives

Fire doors, including your front door and communal doors, are really important. They protect you and your family by helping to stop fire and smoke from spreading throughout your building.

What is a fire door?

For your front door to be a fire door, it must be self-closing and provide protection against fire to FD30S standard. ‘FD’ stands for Fire Door, ‘30’ means that the door can resist fire for 30 minutes, and ‘S’ means that the door is smoke sealed.

Other doors in your home, such as your kitchen door, may also be a fire door.

How do you know if your front door is safe?

We inspect communal fire doors every three months. We’ll also inspect the front doors of all rented homes in our buildings of 11 metres (around 5 storeys) tall or higher every year. We’ll be in touch when your building is due to be inspected. You must make sure to arrange an appointment with us and be available when our inspector visits.

We’ll send you a copy of the inspector’s report following their visit including details of anything you need to do to make sure your door is safe.

If you’re a leaseholder, you can provide us with a door inspection report completed by an accredited fire door inspector or (for a newly fitted door) a certificate for the door and its installation.

How do you make sure your fire doors will work if there’s a fire?

Fire doors will only work if they’re closed, so:

  • Keep them shut when they’re not being used
  • Never wedge or prop them open
  • Never remove or adjust the door closer mechanisms
  • Close all doors inside your home before you go to bed

Please let us know about any faults or damage to your fire doors or closers.

If you’re a leaseholder, you’re responsible for your own front door and should arrange for a certified contractor to carry out any repairs and maintenance needed.

England's fire door safety guidance