The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) is supporting Fire Door Safety Week, a national safety awareness campaign that was first launched in 2013. The campaign aims to encourage greater public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. The campaign also encourages building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report any issues they find that might impact the performance of a fire door in event of a fire.
Set to take place from 25 to 29 September, Fire Door Safety Week is run by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). It is supported by partners including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s council and the London Fire Brigade.
“We are particularly pleased to support Fire Door Safety Week in its 10th anniversary year,” said Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, the DHF’s director of commercial operations. “We continue to stand behind its ongoing objectives and the vital role that fire doors play in saving lives and protecting property.
“It is vital to understand the factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended. The correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use.
“We continue to urge and encourage those in positions of responsibility to seek the correct training with regards to installation and maintenance.” For further information about Fire Door Safety Week, visit the campaign’s dedicated website.
A representative of the DHF has described the organisation as being a vocal champion for the objectives of Fire Door Safety Week, and a passionate advocate for third-party certification of the manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire and smoke doors. The DHF team has worked in collaboration with BRE to develop a series of 1-day training courses around fire and safety. These comprise two-module training courses around fire door safety, inspection and ongoing maintenance.