Saturday 23 September 2017

Allegion promotes fire door safety week In hopes of addressing worrisome fire statistics

Recent findings show that nearly 13 percent of fires spread further than the “room of origin,” highlighting a great need to raise awareness of fire door safety, according to safety and security solutions provider Allegion UK. 

That’s why Allegion UK will be supporting the British Woodworking Federation’s national Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), taking place 25th September to 1st October, through a number of activities.

The aim of FDSW is to raise awareness about the importance of fire doors and the role they play in restricting the spread of fire and smoke. Disappointing statistics suggest that fire doors are not being used or maintained correctly, and some alarming points have been uncovered:

  • 12.75 percent of fires in purpose-built high rise flats in 2016/17 spread further than the “room of origin.” (Fire in purpose-built flats, England, April 2009 to March 2017)
  • In a survey of more than 1,000 tenants living in flats, only 35 percent of the lowest income households renting say they have been given information on the emergency fire plan. (Atomik Research, September 2016)
  • 15 percent of all tenants living in blocks of flats who have fire safety concerns never reported those concerns to anyone. (Atomik Research, September 2016)
  • More than 61 percent of fire doors inspected had problems with fire or smoke seals and more than one-third had incorrect signage. (Research by FDIS, 677 Doors inspected at 31 sites)
  • 53 percent of people admitted they would not know how to spot a dodgy fire door. (Research shared by CFOA during at UK Business Safety Week 2016)

Pete Hancox, commercial leader for Allegion UK & Ireland, said, 
“Fire doors save lives because they prevent fires from spreading out of control too quickly. They also stop smoke from escaping and causing blindness or toxic inhalation during the fire.
“Statistics from various reputable sources show that the public must be made more aware of the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property.”

To help the public with fire door safety, Allegion will be giving away via their website free fire door gap testers that can test whether gaps around fire doors are within the legal limit or not.

In addition to the gap testers, the safety and security experts are also collaborating with the West Midlands Fire Service to host a fire door safety talk at Allegion’s offices for employees and local businesses. The Friday, 29th September, event will cover the technical aspects of fire doors, what the law says on fire doors and what to look out for when carrying out inspections.

Allegion UK has also made a £500 charitable donation to the Fire Fighters Charity in recognition of the heroic efforts of fire fighters everywhere, including those who risked their lives during the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Allegion has created a dedicated fire door safety website with vital fire safety information and tools to help those who may need it ensure their fire doors are safe and compliant. Allegion’s door hardware experts are also on hand to offer free safety advice to help ensure the right fire door hardware is selected, fitted and correctly and regularly maintained.

For more information on Allegion’s FDSW activities, call 0121 380 2400. Allegion’s fire door safety resources are available at

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