ASSA ABLOY UK to campaign for mandatory fire door inspections at House of Commons exhibition

ASSA ABLOY UK will be showcasing its fire door safety products at a high-profile House of Commons exhibition. Fire door safety has become an increasingly prominent issue, and the company is hoping the event will provide a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of fire door inspections.

Hosted by Ian Austin, the MP for Dudley North, the ‘Made in the Black Country’ event on Wednesday 1 November will allow local businesses to demonstrate their latest innovations, experience and expertise to MPs and other visitors.

There are currently no legal obligations to perform maintenance inspections once a fire door has been installed. ASSA ABLOY UK aims to encourage the Government to consider mandatory fire door inspections and maintenance.

Brian Sofley, managing director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, explained: “Three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, but incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance is still common. Fire doors save lives. It’s absolutely critical that they’re operating correctly at all times. We will be raising awareness of this important issue at this special event, discussing the current challenges with MPs and considering how current issues can be overcome.”

To raise awareness about the importance of fire door safety, ASSA ABLOY has also established a new LinkedIn group – running under the banner ‘It’s Time To Talk About Fire Doors’ – in order to provide a forum for this issue, as well as helping to connect followers with experts in the field for salient advice and support.

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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