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What is Fire Door Safety Week?

Fire Door Safety Week was created to emphasise the importance of fire doors as a critical element of fire safety. There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber.

Fire doors are an engineered safety device and are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. However, they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

Fire Door Safety Week, now in its fifth year aims to raise awareness about the role of third-party certificated fire doors in preventing life changing injuries and the legal responsibilities of managing fire door safety. Following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in June, this years campaign is promoting awareness of the critical role of fire doors in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared accommodation.

If you are a building owner, contractor, installer, manufacturer, builders merchant, surveyor or building inspector you should know about everything on this page – if you don’t, get in contact with us and we’ll help with advice, training, supply and installation.

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Fire Door Safety Week Objectives

The main aims of Fire Door Safety Week are as follows:

 

  • 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 fire door and passive fire protection industries.
  • 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.

Please see below 2 videos produced by the British Woodwork Foundation.

The first video demonstrates what happens to fire doors when you get it wrong. This short film was shot under test conditions at the UKAS approved test house and shows just what happens to fire doors when components are fitted incorrectly or at worse not included at all. Three identical 30 minute fire doors were filmed with varying specification.

The results are shocking and highlights the utmost importance of fire doors installed with the correct specification.

The second video looks at the safety of your fire doors and provides a comprehensive checklist of what you need to look for. It will give you knowledge to ensure your fire doors have been installed and maintained correctly.

How much do you know about your fire doors?

Here are 10 different photos of fire doors. Each photo shows an issue. How many of the issues can you identify?
1. What is wrong with this fire door?
Hinge Pin is damaged. Hinge needs replacing.
2. What is wrong with this fire door?
Gap between doors is excessive. Doors require re-lipping and possibly door edge guards fitted.
3. What is wrong with this fire door?
One leaf of double fire doors is being held open with a container of liquid. This door will not shut in the event of a fire and if it must be left open an acoustic door holder should be fitted.
4. What is wrong with this fire door?
Door closer has been removed. An overhead cam action door closer should be fitted.
5. What is wrong with this fire door?
New hinge has been fitted leaving a gap around it. Gap should be filled with intumescent sealant.
6. What is wrong with this fire door?
Void in door edge where hardware  has been removed. This should be repaired with hardwood and the door re-lipped.
7. What is wrong with this fire door?
Door leafs are not aligned correctly when closed. Doors need adjusting or if warped they need replacing.
8. What is wrong with this fire door?
Door propped open with a Fire Extinguisher and would not close in the event of a fire. An acoustic door hold open device should be fitted which would let the door close in a fire situation.
9. What is wrong with this fire door?
A section of Intumescent Door Strip is missing. Replace all strip around the door.
10. What is wrong with this fire door?
This door will definitely not close in the event of a fire. Remove rope which has tied the door to the steel window bars and fit an acoustic door holder to the door which will allow it to close in the event of a fire.

How many did you know?

10 – Well done, you know your stuff. If you’re unsure about other areas of fire safety, give us a call.

7-9 – You are aware of fire safety. We can help with areas that you may need to know more about.

4-6 – You may need to brush up on your fire safety and may benefit from one of our training courses.

1-3 – You definitely need to attend one of our fire safety training courses.

101 Facts about Fire Doors

Download your Fire Door Safety Week 2017 document with 101 facts about fire doors.

Download our 10 Point Fire Door Checklist and print out as a reminder of what to look for in your fire doors

Do not allow fire doors to be propped or wedged open at any time. If necessary certified products must be used such as certified holders/closers. Defective fire doors cost lives! Don’t delay.

Fire Safety Services are an LPS 1197 & LPS1531 Certified Company demonstrating we are third party accredited.

Together we can ensure you are kept compliant.

Fire door safety campaigners demand public register of Responsible Persons

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower devastation, Fire Door Safety Week campaigners are renewing their call for a publicly available national register of Responsible Persons for fire safety in rented accommodation.

The register would require the name of the individual who has legal responsibility for fire safety in a building to be registered on a national database and their details prominently displayed in the building.

In turn, the Responsible Person should sign a formal acknowledgement of duty of care and meet a mandatory minimum level of competence, says the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), organisers of the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign.

The call for a register of Responsible Persons was first made following the inquest into the death of Sophie Rosser, 23, who died in 2012 following a fire in her block of flats in London. At her inquest, the Coroner was frustrated in her attempts to allocate the blame to any particular person or organisation.

Research last year confirmed the BWF’s fears that little has been done to address this problem. More than half of all tenants had no idea who the Responsible Person was for the building where they lived and even more worryingly, two thirds of low income households renting flats had never been given the emergency fire plan information.

So far, the campaign has confirmed cross sector support from the fire and rescue services, housing associations, charities, BWF members, fire safety professionals and organisations from every corner of the UK.

Further information and advice for landlords and building owners can be found at www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk

A quick guide to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,, the responsibility for maintaining fire safety in non-domestic buildings falls to the Responsible Person.

In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, for example, the occupier or owner.

In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. If there is more than one responsible person in any type of premises, all must take all reasonable steps to work with each other.

The Responsible Person must:

  • Ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is carried out and reviewed on a regular basis
  • Identify and record the fire hazards
  • Identify and record the people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or mitigate the fire safety risks
  • Prepare an emergency plan and provide training
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly

Part of this risk assessment and fire management plan must consider the safe installation, maintenance and inspection of fire doors.

Fire Safety Services carrys out fire door inspection and reports, repairs and replacements and upgrading to non-compliant fire doors and final fire exit doors using fully certified material from approved manufacturers.

Fire Safety Services are an LPS 1197 & LPS1531 Certified Company demonstrating we are third party accredited.

Fact File

Download our Fire Door fact sheet for further information and fire door maintenance advice.

Please contact us if you require further assistance.

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