Fire Door Safety Week 2019 supported by dormakaba, Abloy and Allegion UK

dormakaba, the specialist manufacturer of security and access control solutions, is pledging its support for Fire Door Safety Week 2019 to raise awareness around fire door safety and robust specification. Also supporting the initiative are Abloy and Allegion UK. 

Launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a mass awareness campaign designed to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. This year, it runs from 23-29 September.

In support of the British Woodworking Federation, dormakaba is promoting the importance of passive fire protection in a bid to ensure that everyone, from manufacturers to building occupants, is aware of what a fully working fire door should look like, right down to the handles, locks and door closers.

dormakaba recently launched its ‘CPD 13 2019: Requirements for Door Hardware on Fire Doors’, which looks at the legislative requirements of hardware for fire doors, including CE marking, certification and regulations.

Graham Hulland, product marketing manager at dormakaba, told Risk Xtra: “It’s crucial that everybody takes responsibility for the maintenance of fire doors and reports those that have been incorrectly installed, or are otherwise showing signs of wear and tear. In addition to the Continuing Professional Development, we also want to make people aware of our Mobile Showroom offering. With customer convenience in mind, we’ve developed the showroom as a way to allow them to view and try our comprehensive range of fire door closers and hardware. A technical expert will also be on hand to answer all questions and ensure a robust, compliant specification.”

Hulland continued: “We’ve set out to inform those responsible for specifying, installing and maintaining passive fire protection methods, as well as those who have positions of influence over fire doors. For example, individuals working in the education and hospitality sectors or for social housing authorities. If everyone’s kept knowledgeable about fire doors, their importance and how they should work, then undoubtedly this can save lives.”

Infographic of key statistics

Abloy UK has launched an infographic that uncovers recent statistics around fire door safety and highlights the risks around non-compliance.

As well as explaining how fire can spread fast, Abloy also offers recommendations on how to make premises safe from fire and discusses fire door regulations and responsibility – as well as the penalties for non-compliance.

Pat Jefferies, commercial director of Abloy UK, commented: “Fire Door Safety Week is an excellent opportunity to shine a light on the issues around the risks of unregulated fire doors and educate those responsible for ensuring safety in buildings. Although the initiative gives us a relevant platform to highlight these issues, fire door safety should be front of mind all year round, and especially so when the ultimate cost from non-compliance can be the loss of life.”

Jefferies went on to state: “That’s why Abloy is committed to educating anyone responsible for the specification and installation of fire doors through the Abloy Academy – whether that’s an architect, a specifier, a systems integrator, a landlord or a facilities manager. We’ve been training delegates at the Abloy Academy on the points raised in this infographic and so much more for over a decade, and are proud to help ensure public safety through fire door safety education for many more decades to come.”

*To download the Infographic in full visit http://resourcespace.edsonevers.net/?c=2253&k=0d6f284ae6

Corporate challenge

Staff at fire safety and security products and solutions specialist Allegion UK have taken an impressive 533,321 steps towards raising £500 in aid of Fire Door Safety Week 2019 and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Using two treadmills, 35 employees from the Allegion UK team worked as one to take part in the corporate challenge to walk, run, jog or dance 500,000 steps in four days. During the challenge, the team joined forces with the West Midlands Fire Service, with members of staff from the latter visiting Allegion’s offices in Aston, Birmingham to help them achieve their ambitious goal.

James Marriott, station commander from the West Midlands Fire Service, observed: “We had a fantastic time supporting Allegion UK and thank the staff who took part in this challenge. I’m certain that the funds raised for the charity will make a significant difference to fire fighters and their families who are going through difficult times. With our mission being to ‘make the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier’ and Allegion’s purpose of ‘creating peace of mind by pioneering safety and security,’ I’ve no doubt that we will continue to work together to promote the hugely important topic of fire safety.’’

*Last year, Fire Door Safety Week gained support from more than 350 individuals, organisations and businesses. For more information on events taking place this week visit the website or follow @FDSafetyWeek on Twitter

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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