Fire Door Safety Week
In the best case scenario, you won’t have to use a fire door except during fire drills. However, as they are a legal requirement for every non-domestic building, it is crucial that awareness of fire doors and how they operate is spread, so that in the event of a fire, everybody can evacuate their building safely and without panic. Fire Door Safety Week was created to do just that - raising awareness of the importance of fire doors and the necessity of ensuring they are properly maintained.
There are approximately 3 million fire doors bought and installed in the UK every year, and amongst that 3 million, there will be an alarming amount of fire doors that are not maintained, installed or used properly, which can be fatal to those within the building. Something as simple as propping open a fire door is deemed mismanagement, so it is important to understand that fire doors are not the same as all other doors.
Other purposes of Fire Safety Week are:
- To encourage building owners and users to maintain regular checks of their fire doors, to ensure they are of suitable condition, and to take the necessary steps if they are not.
- To help businesses and organisations with common interests in the fire industry link their initiatives together, enhancing their knowledge and effectiveness in said industry.
- To help educate people on the importance of fire doors and the importance of using and maintaining them properly.
- To inform building owners of the correct installation, maintenance, operation, supply and specifications of fire doors.
To say a properly functioning fire door can be the difference between life and death is not an overstatement - it is vital that you ensure your fire door(s) are regularly inspected and maintained, and that if you are purchasing a new fire door, you purchase one of a high standard that meets all relevant specifications.
City Fire are proud to supply fire safety equipment and training to customers up and down the country. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us today.