17 September 2014

Fire Door Safety Week (15 and 21 September 2014) returns this year to engage the breadth of the industry to raise awareness of the critical role fire doors play in passive fire protection in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

The brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and BWF-CERTIFIRE, Fire Door Safety Week reached over 6.5 million people last year and received major support from the Fire Minister, fire industry leaders, fire and rescue services across the country and leading fire door and doorset manufacturers and ironmongers.

But there continue to be prosecutions under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order for building owners and property managers in the UK who neglect their responsibility to ensure fire doors are installed and properly maintained.

Already this year, a fine of £70,000 and a 15-month jail sentence have been handed out in two fire door-related judgements.

John Fletcher, BWF-CERTIFIRE scheme manager, said:
"Fire Door Safety Week 2013 really got the industry fired up about the need for properly installed and maintained fire doors. But while prosecutions continue, we are determined to do even more to raise awareness."

What do people need to do?

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to Be Safe, Be Smart and remember these three simple fire door safety rules:

  • If you are the owner or manager of a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) make sure your properties have fire doors fitted on all bedrooms, the kitchen, and the lounge

In domestic properties remember:

  • When you go to bed shut your doors
  • In the event of a fire make sure all fire doors are closed
  • If you think anything is wrong with a fire door report it to your landlord or get it repaired by a competent person

Baz Fox, Prevention and Community Protection Manager for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue, said: "Fire doors play an essential part in the fire precautions in most commercial buildings and some domestic premises.

"Properly fitted and maintained, they will hold back a fire and allow people to escape from a building in an emergency. Make sure your fire doors have correctly adjusted self-closing devices and are not held or wedged open, except by properly fitted and maintained devices.

"Fire doors can and do save lives and protect property."

The background

In 2014 the campaign is delighted to be working in partnership with the Government's own Fire Kills Campaign and has backing from a wide range of organisations including the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), Lorient, Fire Mark Education, TRADA, Exova Warringtonfire, IFC, fire and rescue services, fire door and door-set manufacturers and major players in the ironmongery sector.