A door’s a door’s a door, right? No, a fire door is an engineered safety device.
Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. They save lives and property.
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. Consequently, we have created Fire Door Safety Week:
- To raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
- To encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
- To link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
- 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.
Supported by a wide range of organisations, Fire Door Safety Week is the brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation, BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme and Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS).
How can you get involved?
- Upload our logo and put a link to Fire Door Safety Week on your website.
- Tweet about Fire Door Safety Week or publicise your support on other social media – don’t forget to use the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek.
- Hold a free CPD session for local businesses about fire door safety.
- Open up your factory and invite your local MP to see what you do to promote fire door safety.
- Use our videos to raise awareness among your staff or building users.
- Carry out an inspection of your fire doors, or get a FDIS Certificated Inspector to help.
- Run a communications campaign or leaflet drop to tell your tenants about fire door safety.
- Display posters showing three simple fire door safety tips.
- Spend a day in your local builder’s merchants giving buyers advice on third-party certificated fire doors and the correct components.
- Distribute copies of our free fact cards on all aspects of fire door specification.
- Launch a new product or service that helps more people specify, buy, install or maintain their fire doors.
- Send an email to all your customers saying you support Fire Door Safety Week and letting them know about this website…