This year's edition of the Fire Door Safety Week is set to run from 25th September to 1st October. The aim of the initiative is to stop the legacy of neglect and promote awareness of the critical importance of fire doors.
"With the horrific events of recent months, the importance of Fire Safety has rightly never been more in the spotlight," explain the organisers - including the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the Fire Door Inspection Scheme and the Fire Kills campaign.
"The tragedy at Grenfell was closely followed by concerns in Camden about the state and lack of Fire Doors in tower blocks and problems being exposed through the press elsewhere. As the media frenzy inevitably dissipates, it is beholden on us to ensure that lessons are not just learned, but that we affect change."
With this in mind, the Fire Door Safety Week is offering a bank of information to help people and businesses manage their Fire Door issues, from the Fire Door Best Practice Guide to the Five Step Check, from awareness posters to hard hitting films. This advice covers a range of sectors including social housing, private rental properties, hotels, commercial buildings, educational establishments, care homes, hospitals and other types of public buildings.
How to support the Campaign
"The number of supporters is already growing", the organisers add. "If you haven’t already, you can pledge your support here and we’ll add you to the list, promote your involvement and keep you updated with our news. A number of events are already planned, including those organised by Arnold Laver, Midland Building Products, Hodgson Sealants and Lorient UK. London Fire Brigade is working with the British Woodworking Federation to deliver a fire door safety conference at the Building Centre in London on 28th September (with proceeds going to the Children’s Burns Trust). We are also backed by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, the Fire Sector Federation, the Passive Fire Protection Forum, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection and Children’s Burns Trust."
Social media engagement and Supporter pack
Last year, following Fire Door Safety Week, Rutendo Chitiga and Terry Brown of the Balmoral Estate Tenants Organisation were awarded the Fire Door Ambassador Prize for inspiring hope and awareness in organising its own annual fire door safety campaign. This campaign focussed on tenant awareness and came about as the result of the death of a young expectant mother in a fire in 2015 in a high rise flat on the estate. Major contractor Willmott Dixon won the award for rallying the troops and getting 3,000 employees to carry out the biggest mass fire door inspection ever. London Fire Brigade were also recognised for benchmarking knowledge with its active promotion of the campaign and hosting a superb seminar and debate for its fire safety inspectors.
"Social Media is a key way of getting the message out there and any help you can lend in cascading relevant resources from the online toolkit is gratefully received", the BWF and its partners conclude. "Remember everything in is freely available, you can use to develop pages on your website from our content. We also want to encourage supporters to send any images of dodgy fire doors or wedged open doors (via our #clickitkickit campaign), follow @FDSafetyWeek or #FireDoorSafetyWeek on twitter for updates, use your Linkedin profile to share stories and even link up with Fire Kills and Theodore Firedoor on Facebook."
"The Fire Door Safety Week Supporters Pack helps to draw out some of the key ideas and activities and provides a snap shot, but if you are interested in organising an event, have any initiatives that would support the aims of the campaign or have an idea for specific resources targeting your community that we could help produce, please let me know we’ll make contact."
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