Interest in fire doors has been reignited by a major industry initiative
Fire Door Safety Week makes a return this year following a successful launch in 2013.
The campaign will take place between 15-21 September 2014, involving the whole of the industry and raising awareness of the critical role fire doors play in passive fire protection in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.
The creation of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and BWF-CERTIFIRE, Fire Door Safety Week reached over 6.5 million people last year and received major support from the Fire Minister, fire industry leaders, fire and rescue services across the country and leading fire door and doorset manufacturers and ironmongers.
Despite this support, prosecutions under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, continue to be given to building owners and property managers in the UK who neglect their responsibility to ensure fire doors are installed and properly maintained. Already in 2014 a fine of £70,000 and a 15 month jail sentence have been handed out in two fire door related judgements.
Fire Door Safety Week has the backing from a wide range of organisations, including the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), Lorient, Fire Kills, Fire Mark Education, TRADA, Exova Warringtonfire, IFC, fire and rescue services, fire door and doorset manufacturers and major players in the ironmongery sector.
“Fire Door Safety Week 2013 really got the industry fired up about the need for properly installed and maintained fire doors,” said John Fletcher, Scheme Manager, BWF-CERTIFIRE. “But while prosecutions continue, we are determined to do even more to raise awareness.”
For further information, visit the website: http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/tool-kit/
Caption Fire Door Safety Week next month will emphasise the vital role this product plays in the safety of people and property.