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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
November 15, 2018

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Fire Door Safety Week 2018 in numbers

The organisers of Fire Door Safety Week believe the 2018 campaign is the most successful yet, winning the backing of more than 350 individuals, organisations and businesses, and reaching millions through press coverage and social media.

The campaign, which is run by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Fire Door Alliance and Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, draws attention to widespread neglect of UK fire doors and raises awareness of the vital role this form of passive fire protection in protecting lives and property.

The infographic below illustrates the reach and impact of the campaign based on media coverage and backing of influential or high profile organisations and individuals.

A series of five powerful films was launched during the week, collectively watched 5,000 times.

And a poll of 1,000 UK adults living in rented accommodation revealed that only a quarter of tenants have been reassured or had discussions with their landlord about fire safety in their building. Almost three quarters would ignore the guidance to ‘stay put’ if there were a fire in their building and their particular flat was unaffected, betraying a loss of faith in official advice and their building’s ability to prevent the spread of fire or smoke.

“It’s easy to see that fire doors remain an area of neglect across the UK, with poorly installed and maintained doors regularly reported to us.” Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week

“This year’s campaign reached a new high,” said Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for the campaign, BWF Head of Technical Research and Insight, Chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a Trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust. “Gaining our largest number of supporters to date, it brought together supporters from the construction supply chain, housing associations, fire and rescue services, action groups as well as members of the public.

“But even with this year’s reach and engagement, it’s clear that our work is not done. It’s easy to see that fire doors remain an area of neglect across the UK, with poorly installed and maintained doors regularly reported to us.

“Over the next 12 months, the BWF will continue to raise awareness of the lifesaving role of fire doors and importance of third-party certification to help improve building fire safety as we move into 2019 and begin planning for next September’s campaign.”

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