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Fire door safety

Good fire safety management saves lives and protects property


Hopefully you already know fire safety is important, but just in case here are some fire facts to focus your mind;

  • Over half of all businesses never recover from a fire.
  • Of those that do, half go bankrupt within three years.
  • The ones that survive plan their response to a disaster before it strikes.

Are fire doors important?

They are just doors with a blue sticker on it, right?  Wrong. A fire door is an engineered safety device.

A few bits of info

  • Fire doors are a crucial part of fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.
  • They save lives and property.
  • There are about three million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber.
  • Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.

There is a legal requirement to maintain and manage fire doors but despite this they remain a significant area of neglect;

  • often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification
  • mismanaged throughout their service life
  • propped open
  • damaged and badly maintained.

Consequently, Fire Door Safety Week has been established to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in protecting the occupants of your building, and of preventing fire spread, therefore minimising fire damage to buildings.

Very comprehensive information on Fire Doors and how to get further assistance in; correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors is available from the official website of
Fire Door Safety Week

A 5 Step Fire Door Check.

Fire Door Safety Week is giving these tips for a 5 Step Fire Door Check that anyone can do:

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 0502999 between 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday or email at

Further guidance is available from the British Woodworking Federation Fire Door Alliance website

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