Fire safety is a global issue. This can be seen very clearly with the successful campaign for fire door safety happening this week in the United Kingdom. Three UK based organizations, British Woodworking Federation, Fire Door Inspection Scheme, and bwf certifire, have combined to create an entire week dedicated to fire door safety.
From the event website, www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk , Fire Door Safety Week was created to:
- To raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
- To encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
- To link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
- To engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.
During this week, the campaign
- Has a large social media presence raising awareness about the week and fire door safety issues (you can search #FireDoorSafetyWeek to find out more on Twitter!)
- Holds free sessions for local businesses about fire door safety.
- Encourages local business to promote fire door safety and educate employees about fire doors.
- Encourages inspections of fire doors.
- Provides individual educational materials (posters, free fact sheets, videos) on fire door safety and maintenance.
- Offers a free toolkit with a set of educational materials, safety tips and information on fire door safety.
- and more!
I have been following the campaign all week. According to the website, as of 2:30pm today, September 17, 2015, there have been 7438 toolkit downloads and 3031 tweets mentioning #firedoorsafetyweek, That's a lot of publicity for fire door safety!
Europe, and in particular the United Kingdom, does not use NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Rather, they have their own construction and building documents governing their own regulations for the use and installation of fire doors. However, the concepts are the same as is the level importance of fire doors in the overall protection of the building and occupants from fire. While the tweets and videos and flyers may use different terminology and reference different documents, tests and standards, the message is clear everywhere, fire door safety is important, and its necessary to keep our people safe and our buildings strong during a fire.
For more information on fire doors, NFPA addresses fire doors in NFPA 1, Fire Code, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, NFPA 80 Handbook, and NFPA 252, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies.