hpd Self-Closing Doors flyer (pdf file)
- hpd Self-Closing Doors flyer
- hpd Self-Closing Doors flyer
hpd Self-Closing Doors flyer (PDF FILE)
Apartment doors and hallway doors are required by law to swing closed and latch by themselves after being opened (self-closing) so that in the case of a fire no one needs to remember to close the door to trap the fire and smoke and stop it from spreading. Doors that stay open allow fire and smoke to spread to hallways and other apartments! Self-closing doors should never be blocked from closing all the way.
Property owners and tenants can prevent a fire from spreading by making sure apartment and public hallway doors are operating properly.
How to Make Sure Self-Closing Doors Are Operating Properly
Test it! Unless a door is visibly damaged, you will not know if it is operating properly until you test it.
- Does the door swing fully shut and close completely after being opened fully?
- If there is a latch, does it engage?
- Note any underlying condition or obstruction that prevents the self-closing door from operating properly:
- Door needs refitting – there is a large gap at the bottom of the apartment door
- Defective closing mechanism
- Device or item holding, or capable of holding, the door open
When testing a door with an overhead closer, open the door as far as possible to check for any hold-open mechanism.
Property owners should check self-closing doors periodically and must make prompt repairs to door closing mechanisms or defective doors and door frames.
Learn more about your self-closing door responsibiltiies as a property owner attached flyer for owner and tenant
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