Fire Door Safety Week takes place from September 14 – 20, highlighting the importance of fire doors to all businesses. They are often the first line of defence in a fire and can be the difference between life and death for the building occupants.
Sadly, however, they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained. Fire door breaches are still one of the most common fines implemented under the Fire Safety Order, 10 years since this law was introduced.
Paul Bray, Community Safety Protection Manager said: “A fire door is not necessarily a fire exit door and can be identified by a blue ‘FIRE DOOR KEEP SHUT’ sign often at eye level.
“Fire doors are needed inside buildings too – including homes, offices, factories, hospitals, schools, care homes, bars, restaurants, libraries, sports centres, shops and all sort of buildings we use every day. Internal fire doors help to compartmentalise a building, such as a block of flats, keeping fire and smoke trapped for a while in one area, so that the fire can be tackled and people can be safely evacuated.
“If you’ve seen a dodgy fire door, report it to your landlord or building manager straight away.”
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We’re here to help. Make sure your business isn’t the next victim of fire
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service hold regular business seminars where we can provide you with help and advice to keep your business safe. If you would like to register and interest in attending or for more information:
Phone us on 0800 05 02 999 between 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Fire Door Safety week visit our webpage.
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