December 10, 2019 at 8:56 pm #10972Chris MatthewsParticipant
In apartments with self closing doors at each suite, must the doors remain closed except to enter or exit the suite or are occupants allowed to keep doors open to circulate air ? Also, are the door closiers required to be inspected by a building staff member each month?
December 11, 2019 at 8:34 am #10973Nicholas MacGillivrayParticipant
the door is a requirement for the fire separation, so yes it must remain closed. you can issue a ticket for it also
Closure in fire separation wedged open
Article 126.96.36.199. of Division B
the self closing feature is also part of the door , which is a fire separation, so yes it has to be inspected as part of the separations
December 11, 2019 at 9:02 am #10974John WilsonParticipant
- Department Name: Perth Fire Services
Also see 188.8.131.52. (1) a door in a fire separation shall be kept closed when not in use
(2) A door in a fire separation shall be checked as frequently as necessary to ensure that the door remains closed.
(3) Sentences (1) and (2) do not apply to
(a) a door designed to close automatically in the event of a fire emergency, or
(b) a door for which an approved fire safety plan contains provisions for closing in the event of a fire emergency.
(4) A door in a fire separation shall be inspected monthly.
So even a door in a fire separation without a self-closing device must be kept closed unless it meets Sentence (3) like if there was a magnetic hold-open (happens often) or part of the fire safety plan (which I only approve under limited circumstances and your’s isn’t one of them)
December 11, 2019 at 3:33 pm #10983Chris MatthewsParticipant
Okay, thank you for helping me clear that up.
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