Building owners and landlords are being urged by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to help protect the lives of tenants and ensure all fire doors are properly fitted and maintained.
Fire doors are one of the first lines of defence against devastating fires and they can save lives and protect property when correctly built, installed and used.
Despite the importance of fire doors in buildings, many are still badly fitted, non-compliant, left propped open or damaged.
This Fire Door Safety Week (24 to 30 September) is being supported by NFRS as an opportunity to remind both public and private sector landlords, as well as building owners about the critical role fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire in the event of a blaze.
Scott Richards, Community Protection Manager, said: “When fire doors are properly fitted and maintained, they provide such an important role in keeping people safe in the event of a fire.
“It is extremely worrying that there are still property owners who neglect this aspect of building safety. Tenants and the general public also play a key part in making sure they report fire doors being propped open or fire doors which are damaged and in a poor condition to property owners and managers, rather than waiting for owners to inspect their fire doors.”
Fire Door Safety Week, a national campaign, is run by the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme, in partnership with the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign.Download the five step check for fire doors