Fire Door Safety Week

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Fire Door Safety Week is set to run from 23-29 September 2019. The campaign will be supported by NFCC and we encourage Fire and Rescue Services to add their support. 

The 2019 Fire Door Safety Week campaign focuses upon the critical role fire doors play in protecting us when we are asleep; when we are at our most vulnerable. A particular focus this year is on specialised housing and HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation).


The campaign, now in its seventh year, has delivered messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property, and landlords’ legal responsibilities for managing fire door safety. It's objectives are :

  • To raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance;
  • 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;
  • 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.

The campaign is led by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire scheme, the BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme. The aim is to continue to educate the public of the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire, encourage best practice in specification and installation and halt the legacy of neglect in maintaining and inspecting fire doors.

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Focussing upon building tenants who tend to have little say on issues relating to fire safety provision and safety, BWF intend to publish and promote the following:

  • A short film that highlights concerns over Fire Door safety across different social circumstances
  • The publication of key messages from research which BWF are currently undertaking in fire safety provision across the care home sector, and the provision of educational resources.
  • A seminar led by Kizzy Augustin, Partner in the Fraud and Criminal Litigation team at Russell-Cooke LLP, looking at the responsibilities of providing adequate fire safety provisions and procedures for tenants, whether that be in a care home for the elderly or a HMO.

 

More information about the campaign, including resources and how you can pledge your support and get ivolved can be found https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/ 

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