Fire Doors in a Shared Property

Fire safety is particularly important to landlords who have properties that have been split up into bedsits or small flats. These properties often have a shared kitchen and bathroom and we are frequently asked if fitting fire doors to HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) property is worth the cost.

My reply is always “absolutely 100% YES, fitting fire doors to the living room and kitchen doors will make tenanted properties safer for the tenants”.

One device that is particularly useful in properties with shared kitchens is the “dorgard” which will keep a fire door open but automatically close the door should the fire alarm sound. Using such a device is much safer than having tenants prop open the kitchen door with a heavy object such as a fire extinguisher during periods of high traffic to and from the kitchen.