Fire door safety campaigners are stressing the life-saving role that fire doors play as part of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (23rd-29th September) – with a particular focus on the protection they provide when people are asleep.
The seventh week in its kind, as run by the British Woodworking Federation, will once again highlight the importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice as well as raising the awareness of the role they play in specialised housing.
This includes the care they provide in care homes, children’s homes, and sheltered housing as well as houses in multiple occupation and communal properties.
Research conducted for this year’s Fire Door Safety Week among care home workers has revealed concerns about fire safety and a “lack of clarity” about the crucial role fire doors play in care homes.
Numerous events and campaign activities are being held throughout Fire Door Safety Week, which is supported by several agencies, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.
Brand new for this year’s campaign is an interactive mock criminal trial, aimed at providing manufacturers of fire safety products, consultants, contractors, designers, installers, and other potential duty holders with an insight into where they may be liable in the event of a fire incident.
Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation, said: “We all need to feel protected, and especially so when we are asleep.
“Fire doors play a vital role as the first line of defence against fire and smoke, containing their spread while buildings are evacuated.
“But they must be properly installed and maintained, and good fire safety practice must be shared and followed. That’s why we continue to raise awareness every year through Fire Door Safety Week.
“Good practice is especially important in buildings with multiple occupants and residents who may be vulnerable. It is quite literally a matter of life and death.”
A free toolkit of resources is also available at www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk to help landlords, tenants and anyone with an interest in or responsibility for fire safety at a property to get involved.