Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week

RW Joinery are once again pledging their support to improve fire safety on Fire Door Safety Week happening this year from Monday 23rd September – Sunday 29th September 2019.

The campaign is run annually by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire scheme, the newly formed BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) and works closely with the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign (formerly Fire Kills), 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.

There are about 3 million new fire doors 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.

Many of us walk through fire doors every single day without even realising. We don’t stop to think about the vital role these pieces of equipment play in helping to keep us safe should a fire break out.

But if we start to take them for granted there is a danger people will become complacent about the risks. That’s why RW Joinery is once again supporting Fire Door Safety Week.

Fire Door Safety Week is a week of events which aim to highlight the important role fire doors play in keeping us safe. Because a fire door is more than just a door, its job is to delay the fire spreading and reduce the risk of smoke inhalation. A fire door gives occupants a few vital minutes to get out of the building and reach safety.

The campaign has four key objectives:

  • To educate the public on the critical role fire doors play in keeping us safe
  • To encourage building owners and occupiers to inspect the condition of their fire doors to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • To provide a common source of information from the many organisations with an interest in fire safety, including the Health and Safety Executive, The Fire Service and the Fire Door Alliance.
  • To engage with the construction and building management industries to ensure they understand the correct specification, installation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.

This year the focus is on protection while we sleep

Each year the campaign also focuses on one aspect of fire door safety. This year the focus is on the vital role fire doors play in protecting us while we sleep. House fires claim the lives of around 250 people in the UK each year. The vast majority of these fatalities take place between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am when we are at our most vulnerable.

This is where fire doors play their most important role. Should a fire break out at night, the spread of flames and smoke is delayed, giving occupants the vital few minutes they need to reach safety.

But fire doors can only do this if they are installed and maintained correctly. Building owners and occupiers should, therefore, carry out regular checks to ensure all fire doors are fit for purpose. Visit the Fire Door Safety Week website for more information about door specifications and safety standards in your building.

Consequently, Fire Door Safety Week seeks to engage and educate people, helping every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.

Last year’s campaign

In 2018 the campaign reached over 36.5 million people, delivering messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety.

The 2018 campaign was extremely successful, it achieved record support from both the fire safety industry and the media. Data shows the campaign reached 36.5 million users, with the Fire Door Safety website receiving 28,000 hits during the week, a jump of 44% compared to 2017.

For updates on the campaign and the many events scheduled throughout the week, follow Fire Door Safety Week on Twitter or search for tweets with hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.

Fire doors resistance is always the major concern, and at RW Joinery all of our doorsets will meet current fire safety regulations & standards. Our fire doors are commonly specified as FD30, FD60, FD90 and FD120.

If you’d like more technical information about our fire safety features, a member of our team will be happy to assist.

Fire Door Safety Week 2018 Infographic

Five critical things to always check when installing or inspecting a fire door.

5 Things To Check For Fire Door Safety

 

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