The 26th of September marks the beginning of Fire Door Safety Week 2016 and this year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.
The award-winning campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of fire doors, the protection they offer and how they can help save lives. Over the years, it has gained cross-industry support and attracted a growing army of high-profile supporters including the South Wales, West Midlands and London fire and rescue services.
It is also backed by the government’s Fire Kills Campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, the Children’s Burns Trust and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.
Run and managed by the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-Certifire Fire Door Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), this year there will be a focus on buildings that are at particularly high risk of the dangers of not having proper fire doors. This can include houses of multiple occupancy, private rented accommodation, council and social housing, sheltered housing and care homes.
Hannah Mansell, a spokesperson from Fire Door Safety Week commented:
“From April 2014 to March 2015, there were 28,200 dwelling fires in England alone. Deaths from these fires contributed to nearly two thirds of the total fire fatalities in that time frame. This is why we continue to campaign for changes in legislation and to educate people on the importance of fire doors. A properly installed fire door can save your life.”
Fire doors are often the first line of defence in the event of a fire and when used and maintained correctly, they can be the difference between life and death. Despite this however, fire doors remain an area of neglect and when cost cutting exercises are implemented, they’re often the first thing to be downgraded.
Even in buildings that do have fire doors, they’re often left propped open, they don’t get repaired when they become damaged and they’re badly maintained. Fire Door Safety Week aims to educate people about the importance of not only having a fire door, but how to use them in a way that will save lives.
Through proper education, the campaign:
- Raises the awareness of how critical fire doors are how poor installation and maintenance can affect their performance
- Encourages building owners and occupants to check the operation and condition of fire doors and report any issues
- Engages and educates people to help them understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors
How to get involved with Fire Door Safety Week 2016
There are a number of ways that you can get involved with Fire Door Safety Week including:
- Upload the logo and put a link to the campaign on your website
- Talk about it on social media using the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek
- Hold a free CPD session for local businesses about fire safety
- Invite your local MP in to show them what you do to promote fire door safety
- Use videos from the campaign to raise awareness amongst your staff or building occupants
- Carry out regular inspections of your fire doors or enlist the help of an FDIS Certified Inspector if necessary
- If you manage a building, drop leaflets through the doors of your tenants to make sure they’re aware of the importance of proper fire door safety
- Display posters showing fire door safety tips and advice
- Send an email to staff and customers to raise awareness of the campaign