Vulcan Fire Training are supporting Fire Door Safety Week from 25th September to 1st October, highlighting the critical role of fire doors, and with the correct installation, maintenance and training, we explain how fatalities can be avoided.
Fire doors save lives and are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. Without fire doors we put ourselves and others in danger and if they are propped open they are no use at all.
We often see articles where business owners say “Our thoughts are with the family of the bereaved and we pledge to learn from the mistakes we have identified and to put procedures in place to ensure this never happens again”
But in reality this should have been avoided in the first instance and precautions put in place as this statement often means that business owners don’t think it will ever happen to them, in which case you can’t afford to take the risk.
Building owners, employers and operators have a responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) to ensure that employees and users of their properties are safe and fire doors are given specific reference in the RRO.
As Fire Door Safety Week is approaching, we ask you to give the following some thought;
- Do you know why a fire door is important?
- Do you know how to identify a fire door?
- Do you know how to inspect and maintain a fire door?
Advice and guidance on the above, specific to your business type can be found at www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/advice/ you’ll find some great information that will help you fulfil your legal obligations but we also have a moral obligation too so why not pledge as part of this year’s ‘Fire Door Safety Week’ to implement some simple no cost procedures immediately?
Another cost-free procedure you can start doing immediately is to ask everyone to note if they see an automatically closing fire door not closing properly when the fire alarm is tested and to inform the responsible person.
‘Learning from your mistakes’ is an adage that doesn’t apply when it comes to fire safety, the ramifications are too serious - let’s learn from other people’s mistakes and put prevention at the top of your agenda today.
As a provider of fire safety training courses our aim is to make sure delegates have the information they need to carry out effective fire risk assessments and identify any potential fire risks, which can be rectified to prevent an incident occurring.
To ensure you know how to carry out fire risk assessments book one of our training courses here.
To find out more about Fire Safety Week click here.