Tuesday, 10 September 2013

New Collaborative Campaign Puts Spotlight On Fire Door Safety

A major new collaboration between fire safety groups, fire door and ironmongery organisations and property associations is behind the inaugural ‘Fire Door Safety Week’ which runs from 16-21 September 2013.

Fire Door Safety Week is all about raising awareness of this critical element of fire safety in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

The brainchild of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme and supported by many industry partners and the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance, and encouraging building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.

In the process, the campaign hopes to engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.
Fire Door Safety Week Dos & Don’ts To Stay Safe

• Specify and use third-party certificated fire doors and components
• Buy fire doors, frames and components from certificated companies
• Check the certificate matches the door
• Make sure you have the correct certification for the door’s intended use
• Install and maintain fire doors using competent personnel
• Make sure that ironmongery components are CE marked

• Fit a fire door like any other door – it’s not, it’s an engineered safety device
• Cut vision panels and other holes on site
• Patch up a fire door
• Take risks by reducing the specification
• Disconnect a fire door closer
• Prop or wedge open a fire door
John Fletcher, manager of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme said:

“To save lives and property, fire doors must work correctly. The recent reports of terrible fire door installations identified by Stoke-on-Trent City Council are just the tip of the iceberg, but give us a very clear case study of how things go wrong and what the awful implications could be.

“That’s why we are urging all local authorities, building owners, fire safety campaigners and the door industry to get involved in this campaign, to pledge support and to use the added publicity during the week to get across their messages about fire doors and keeping people safe.”

A wide range of activities is already planned around the UK and online as part of Fire Door Safety Week, including experts issuing new checklists and guidance on managing fire doors, a live broadcast of a fire resistance test at BM TRADA, training initiatives for merchants, contractors and building owners, a mass distribution of fire door safety information to 22,000 Westminster council home residents and a CPD workshop by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme for fire engineers.

Fire Door Safety Week organisers are setting up local radio interviews, writing to MPs and chief fire officers, and promoting the campaign extensively via PR and social media.

To get involved visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk or email firedoors@bwf.org.uk

Follow Fire Door Safety Week on Twitter @FDSafetyWeek or search for tweets with hashtag #firedoorsafetyweek

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