What is Fire Door Safety Week?
Beginning with the ‘Fire Kills’ campaign in 2013, the Fire Door Safety Week campaign is now in its seventh year. Operated by a number of leading organisations, including the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme and supported by industry experts, the campaign aims to raise the profile of fire doors, showing their importance in everyday situations. The campaigns main 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
In doing so, the campaign provides advice on best practice when purchasing, installing and maintaining fire doors and distils this information into easy to understand documents contained within their ‘campaign toolkit’.
What is this year’s campaign?
This year’s campaign will be taking place between the 23rd and 29th of September and will focus on raising the awareness of the importance of fire doors in sleeping accommodation. Whether at home or away, we are often most vulnerable when we are sleeping and it is vitally important that buildings such as hotels, residential homes, HMO’s, hospitals and student accommodation have the correct procedures in place for purchasing, installing and maintaining fire door sets.
Tragic incidents including the recent Grenfell Tower disaster has highlighted the devastating impact that poorly functioning doors can have in sleeping accommodation. The Fire Door Safety Week, however, emphasises that the campaign is not about assigning blame, but acknowledging that both building owners and users are responsible for fire safety. The main aim of this campaign is to encourage individuals to report fire doors that they believe are faulty and the campaign offers an easy 5 Step Fire Door Check to support this. This year also seen the ‘Close Before You Doze’ campaign from UL, focusing on the importance of closing doors in residential accommodation before you go to sleep. To support this, UL released a fantastic campaign video to raise awareness, which can be viewed below.
How to support the campaign?
Over the last month Loughview Timber have been releasing information and resources which aim to raise the awareness of fire doors and statutory requirements for building owners. Over the next few weeks we will continue this with the release of resources which will aim to educate others on fire doors. We are also available to answer any questions you may have. At the end of the campaign, we will be releasing a quiz to test your knowledge of fire doors!
We have pledged our support directly to the Fire Door Safety Week campaign. You can also pledge your support here and find additional resources from the campaigns toolkit here. You can also support the campaign by sharing these resources with friends and family, helping raise awareness of this fantastic cause.