Fire safety management is vital in protecting lives, property, and the environment. The effects of a fire can be costly and life-changing.

Launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a ‘mass-market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. The campaign is managed by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of partners, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and the London Fire Brigade.

It’s crucial to understand factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended. Their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use. Propping a fire door open means that they won’t perform as they should in the event of a fire. Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and this is why the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign exists.

Our Principal Fire Safety Consultant, Anthony Buck BSc (hon) CMIOSH MIFPO MIFSM has produced a Fire Door Q&A to coincide with the campaign, which can be downloaded below.

Contact us on 02922 800 000 or enquiries@ligtas.co.uk for all your Health, safety and consultancy questions or queries.

Aren’t fire doors just to protect property? No. Whilst they do restrict the spread of fire to limit loss, most fire doors required by legislation are located such to save a life by also restricting the spread of smoke, hot gases and toxic by products into and along escape routes to enable the safe escape of building occupants.

Anthony Buck BSc (hon) CMIOSH MIFPO MIFSM