HMO Fire Door Regulations

Ensuring Safety and Compliance in HMO Properties

Ensuring the safety and compliance of fire doors in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) is crucial for protecting the residents and adhering to legal standards. As a provider specialising in the supply and installation of fire doors for HMOs across London, we understand the importance of expert service and quality assurance. Here, we’ll break down the key elements that should be checked to confirm if a HMO fire door has been properly installed. For more information on our services, please visit our dedicated page: HMO Fire Doors London.

1. Door Closer

The door closer is essential for the fire door’s functionality. It must be in good condition, free of damage, and should not be disengaged. To comply with standards, the door closer should bear a CE mark and a fire identification stamp. It’s crucial that the door closer can securely latch the door from any position and fully close the door within 25 seconds from any open position.

2. Hinges & Ironmongery

Fire doors require robust support, ensured by at least three securely attached hinges. Each hinge should have a CE mark and be fire rated and tested. The fire rating of the hinges should match that of the door and lock. For safety inside bedrooms, it’s important that thumb turn locks are installed, allowing easy egress in case of emergencies.

3. Certification

Certification is a key compliance factor. A certification label or plug should be present, usually on the door’s top edge. This confirms that the door meets specific standards and has been tested for fire safety

4. Gaps & Seals

The effectiveness of a fire door can be compromised by gaps. The gap between the door and its frame should be between 2mm and 4mm on the top and sides, and no more than 10mm at the bottom. It is also vital to check the condition of intumescent strips and smoke seals, which should be intact and certified to BS 476 Pt22. These elements expand in heat to seal off gaps and prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

5. Door & Frame

Regular inspection of the fire door and its frame is necessary to ensure there are no visible signs of damage like holes, dents, or missing components. Any damage can severely affect the door’s integrity and functionality in a fire scenario.


Fire doors are a critical part of the fire protection model in any HMO. Ensuring that they are correctly installed and regularly maintained according to these guidelines not only enhances safety but also ensures compliance with fire safety regulations. Always take prompt action to address any deficiencies identified during inspections to maintain the protective barrier that fire doors provide.

This checklist is designed to help maintain the high standards required for HMO fire safety, but regular professional reviews and adherence to the latest regulations are recommended for optimal safety.

If you require HMO Fire Doors installed in London do feel free to contact us.

Carl Evans

Written By Carl Evans

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