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Fire Door Safety Week highlights the dangers for hospitals


The UK’s inaugural Fire Door Safety Week, held in September, has been hailed a huge success, reaching in excess of 6.5 million people over the period and resulting in significant political support from the Fire Minister and an important legacy of industry initiatives which will improve fire safety.



Fire Door Safety Week drew attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance, and encouraged building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors. It focused on getting critical sectors, such as healthcare and hotels, to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors in their buildings.

Social media provided an important platform for the campaign, with almost 2 million impressions generated from Twitter alone, and led to more than 1,600 views of the latest Theodore Firedoor video which revealed the awful state of fire doors in one major city hospital.

The Fire Door Safety Week website received over 4,000 visits during the week from 3,003 unique visitors. There were more than 2,600 page views for the toolkit which gave users access to downloadable promotional items for the campaign, videos and fire door fact cards.

Among Fire Door Safety Week’s 47 official supporters were the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, the Passive Fire Protection Association, the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers, and major property and construction groups such as the National Landlords Association, the Federation of Private Residents’ Associations, the Federation of Master Builders, Construction Products Association, Builders Merchants Federation, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group and UK Contractors Group.

To get involved in Fire Door Safety Week 2014 or to access resources from the week, contact firedoors@bwf.org.uk

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