Fire Door Safety week begins today and runs until the 25th of September. Fire Door Safety week’s primary aim is to stamp out the legacy of fire door neglect and increase public awareness of the crucial role that fire doors must protect people’s lives, as well as the integrity of buildings.
What is Fire Door Safety week?
First launched in 2013, the Fire Door Safety campaign is managed by the British Woodwork Federation, with support from the Homes Offices National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and the London Fire Brigade.
Fire Door Safety week campaigns to raise awareness of how to ensure fire doors are performing as they are designed to do so, from production manufacturing, quality checking, correct installation, and continuance maintenance. By ensuring that the correct fire door specification is installed and then properly maintained and managed, it can be the difference between life and death for the occupants of a building. As well as these issues, Fire Door Safety week raises awareness around the daily use of fire doors and dangers such as propping open fire doors.
What are the aims?
Fire Door Safety week campaigns to achieve the following objectives, which can be found on their website:
- Raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
- Encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
- Link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fore door and passive fire protection industries.
- Engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the current specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance.
Fire Door Safety Advice
Fire Door Safety week also provide a wealth of advice with the aim to raise awareness and save lives. By doing so, they seek to eliminate the use of fire doors which are ill-fitted, damaged, or poorly maintained, as well as ensure that buildings are properly equipped with fire doors that are fit for purpose. Their website has advice for occupants of building ranging from private rented housing all the way through to school, colleges and universities.
Fire Door Safety week’s ‘5 Step Fire Door Check’ is an essential guide that anyone can use to ascertain the safety of a fire door, which could save a life.
How can M-Four help you?
An integral aspect of social housing and the care sector is fire door compliance. One of M-Four’s primary aims is to improve fire safety, and we have been consistently delivering Fire Safety and Fire Engineering Consultancy services to clients all over the UK. This includes:
- Fire Risk Assessments
- Refuse Bin Chute Inspections
- Fire Strategy Development
- Compartmentalisation Surveys
- General Risk Assessments