It’s Fire Door Safety Week from 20th – 26th September. First launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign aimed at increasing the public’s understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property.
The campaign is organised by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of partners including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s council and London Fire Brigade.
The main objective of the campaign is to:
- Raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance
- To encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory
- Link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries
- Engage and educate with people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance.
Understanding the factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended is key. Product manufacture, quality, installation, and maintenance all play a part. The correct specification, maintenance and management of fire door can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use. Propping a fire door open means that they won’t perform as they should in the event of a fire.
Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and this is why the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign exists.
For more information on the importance on the Fire Door Safety Week campaign, visit https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/