We are proud to be supporting Fire Door Safety Week (21-27 September), a national campaign designed to raise awareness around the vital role that fire doors play in protecting lives and property.
The campaign is managed by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of high-profile partners including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety Campaign.
The campaign aims to draw attention to the critical role of fire doors and also the importance of the way in which they are installed and maintained. It encourages building owners and users to check the operation and condition of fire doors on a regular basis and act if they are not satisfactory.
This year, the campaign has highlighted the fact that 60% of local authorities have reported delays to planned fire door maintenance, replacement and inspection programmes affecting almost 10,000 properties with 53% of local authorities blaming COVID-19 for the delays.
The data, acquired by Freedom of Information Requests, showed that while 65% of local authorities experiencing delays expects to recommence works by the end of 2020, some 31% are yet to define a date to start work and 4% plan to start delayed works in 2021.
Alan Brayley, our managing director, said: “At AB Glass, health and safety comes first at all times and that is why we support this important campaign. Fire doors that are installed correctly and maintained save lives and we support anything that helps raise awareness of that fact.”
The campaign stated: “It’s clear COVID-19 has understandably impacted on service delivery across a variety of sectors, but fires don’t stop. With the UK lockdown period forcing many people to spend more time at home, people without fit for purpose fire doors have been put at risk. There is a need for continued and urgent focus on ensuring the safety of all building occupants whether in local authority or privately-rented accommodation, workplaces or other building types.
“Whilst we have focused upon local authority owned and managed housing stock, we strongly suspect that our insight reflects the wider market. We hope that through this years’ Fire Door Safety Week, we can draw attention to these important issues and encourage all with responsibility for fire doors to take urgent action across fire door maintenance, inspection and replacement.
“When it comes to fire door inspections, fire doors can become damaged at any time, especially where they are frequently used. If a damaged door goes unidentified it cannot perform its life-saving role. Like previous years, this year’s Fire Door Safety Week campaign will emphasise the importance of regular inspections, carried out by trained and competent professionals.”