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This week (25 September to 1 October) is Fire Door Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.
The initiative was started by the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door Scheme and the UK’s Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) to draw attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance and encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
Approximately 3 million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. However, they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.
Fire Door Safety Week seeks to educate property owners and users to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors. The campaign has lots of excellent and informative material, some of which we have been sharing on social media throughout the week:
1. Five Most Common Fire Door Faults infographic: http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/5_Most_Common_Fire_Door_Faults.pdf
2. How Safe Are Your Fire Doors? video: https://youtu.be/nbX1wXeEFWU?list=UUDvQ03hFkpxSFx-kb5oIrXA
3. Five Step Fire Door Check infographic: http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/5529_FDSW-Infographic.pdf
4. One minute video showing a simple 5 Step Fire Door Check that anyone can do: https://youtu.be/PBSUfJrSOy4
5. Fire Door Myths infographic http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Fire-Door-Myths.pdf
For further information on the Fire Door Safety Week campaign, visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk. You can also read our previous blog posts on the importance of fire doors - Part One - Better Safe Than Sorry and Part Two - 5 Steps to Safety
Life is precious and property and assets matter. For help and advice on all fire protection and safety products, please contact the Fire Depot team on 0330 999 2233, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.firedepot.co.uk to see our range of fire safety products.