The brainchild of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme and the UK’s Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), 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.
In the process, the campaign hopes to engage and educate people, helping every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.
Amongst over 180 supporters since 2013, Fire Door Safety Week supporting organisations this year include the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group, Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, the Fire Brigades Union, Chief Fire Officers Association and the Fire Industry Association.
There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber.
For updates on the campaign and the many events scheduled throughout the week, follow Fire Door Safety Week on Twitter@FDSafetyWeek or search for tweets with hashtag #firedoorsafetyweek. If you are a social housing landlord and raising awareness give us a mention @NSHFSG on Twitter and let us know what you are planning.
“Dodgy fire doors are usually just one of many signs of fire safety negligence, but actually they’re a relatively easy one to spot and do something about.
“Look out for these three things to start with:
- Make sure any door marked ‘Fire Door’ closes correctly around all parts of the frame, and that it’s not blocked or wedged open.
- Check the gap between the door and the frame. No more than 3-4mm is what we want to see.
- Check for damage on the door and all its edges, hinges, handles and windows. If it’s looking battered, chipped or tatty, it’s time for a proper inspection by a qualified fire door inspector.
“We are calling on everyone to look again at the buildings you live, stay and work in, and to report dodgy fire doors to the landlord, building manager or owner.
“The same principle applies to all commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises, including offices, restaurants, shops, hotels, care homes, public buildings, high rise flats and privately rented apartments. All of these buildings should have properly installed and maintained fire doors to help save lives and property.”
Last Year’s Message from Penny Mordaunt MP
“A properly specified, installed and maintained fire door can save lives and property, and I am delighted that the British Woodworking Federation’s Fire Door Safety Week is returning.
“I very much welcome this sector-led approach to promote appropriate use of fire doors: this is the perfect opportunity for owners and occupiers to check their own fire doors and make sure they are in good, safe, working order. Spread awareness, not fire.”
Our Chair, Peter Gannaway NSHFSG
“There is no excuse for landlords in the public sector to be unclear about their legal responsibilities. Providing residents with a safe and secure home is what being a social landlord is all about.
“Fire safety isn’t just a concern for landlords at risk assessment review time; it is something that should be in the mind of every employee and contractor working for the landlord every time they enter a building. The National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group recognises and promotes the importance of effective active and passive fire safety systems and fully supports Fire Door Safety Week and encourages landlords and residents to play an active role.”
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive – National Landlords Association
“The importance of fire safety in private rented accommodation cannot be over-stated. Landlords must take their responsibility and duty of care to tenants seriously in order to avoid preventable injuries and fatalities caused by fire in the home.
“Wherever fire doors are required, we recommend that good quality certificated fire doors are fitted in order to keep a fire adequately contained and to minimise the risk to tenants and damage to the property.
“We also recommend that landlords make their tenants aware of the importance of not obstructing or propping open fire doors for their own safety, especially in communal areas.”
This video provides a simple checklist to make sure your fire door and all its components are safe.
Installing a fire door isn’t like hanging an ordinary door. You MUST get it right otherwise property and lives will be at risk. ALWAYS check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have the correct components to fit to the door. DON’T take risks. This video will help.
This video by fire door safety campaigner, Theodore Firedoor, shows secret filming of fire doors in a major city hospital in 2013.
This new video shows three different doors tested under the same conditions. Door A – incorrectly glazed : Door B – correctly glazed and installed : Door C – ordinary letter plate and no intumescent seals. When installing/maintaining fire doors you MUST use 3rd-party certificated doors, frames, seals and ironmongery which are appropriate for the door leaf.