Fire door safety week 2017

Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of fire doors – to save lives and protect property.

Following the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower, London, Fire Door Safety Week has more relevance than ever to building owners, landlords and occupiers.

 

Fire doors, when correctly installed, are vital to the health and safety of residents and users of buildings where people may need to remain in situ while the fire service arrive.

The 2017 campaign focuses on promoting crucial advice and resources for fire safety in shared and high-rise residential accommodation.

Last year’s campaign focused on fire safety discrepancies amongst households. The 2016 research revealed some worrying statistics:

 

  1. Half of tenants have never been given emergency fire plan information for the building they currently live in.
  2. More than 70% of lower income tenants had no idea who the ‘responsible person’ was for the building where they lived.
  3. Only around a quarter of tenants living in flats (28%) feel completely safe from fire.
  4. The situation is worse for lower income tenants earning £25,000 or less, compared to higher income tenants.
  5. 15% of all tenants living in blocks of flats who had fire safety concerns had never reported those concerns to anyone.

 

Top five fire door faults:

  1. 61% had fire or smoke seals either missing, installed incorrectly or not filling perimeter gaps correctly.
  2. More than one third had incorrect signage.
  3. 230 fire doors inspected had excessive gaps between the door and its frame.
  4. One in five had unsuitable hinges.
  5. 15% had damage to the door leaf.

*The data was gathered by BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers. 667 doors were inspected at 31 sites. A total of 2506 faults were identified.

 

Timmins Group are Firas accredited to carry out surveys, to maintain and to install timber fire door systems. This is particularly important as we work in education, local and civil government and office environments. Which are required to carry out regular fire door maintenance. Contact us to find out more.

 

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