Fire doors protect both people and property, says CFRS.

14 September 2015

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Fire Door Safety Week 2015 (14- 20 September). Fire doors save lives and property, says CFRS.

On 18 May 2014, a fire door in the annexe of a house in Chester prevented a fire taking hold of the whole property. This case is a perfect example of how important fire doors are when a fire breaks out both in the home and the workplace. Fire doors play a critical element in saving lives and property.

During Fire Door Safety Week members of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting local businesses to conduct a fire safety audit. During the visit they will promote Fire Door Safety Week and will give out general fire safety/arson reduction advice during each of the visits.

During the visit they will:

Raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance

Encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren't satisfactory

Engage and educate people, helping with the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors

Additionally, throughout September, CFRS will be visiting local businesses to give out general fire safety advice and arson reduction advice.

There is a downloadable poster for landlords, to inform tenants about the importance of fire doors: (download the poster )

About fire doors

  • About three million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK. But to save lives, fire doors must work correctly.
  • They are part of a building’s passive fire protection system and are fundamental to most fire strategies for buildings
  • They provide critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building

Original source
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service