Better safe.

Film success for BWF-CERTIFIRE

Published:  13 May, 2009

LONDON: A hard-hitting short film developed by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme to demonstrate the importance of fit for purpose fire doors has been a resounding success for the scheme.

Marking a new direction for BWF-CERTIFIRE in its efforts to educate a wide range of professional bodies, the film was viewed over 2000 times through the BWF website since its December 2008 launch.

Featuring extracts from a BBC South West investigation into the fatal fire at the Penhallow Hotel in Cornwall, the film includes a test sequence showing the serious consequences an incorrectly fitted fire door can have. In this exmaple, the door failed in only 15 minutes.

This shocking footage provides a graphic example of the potentially devastating consequences of specifying and installing sub-standard fire doors. 

Correctly fitted fire doors fulfil two crucial requirements: the prevention of fire spread and the protection of a safe route of escape from a burning building.

Richard Lambert, chief executive of the British Woodworking Federation, which administers the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme, says: "The importance of certificated fire doors is often overlooked. There is a worrying lack of understanding amongthose responsible for fire safety.

"We are greatly encouraged by the high viewing figures, enquiries and positive responses to the film. We know from the calls and emails we are receiving that it is succeeding in raising awareness. The next stage of this campaign will be to focus on specific sectors, such as the hospitality industry."

The film, featuring London's Burning star Sean Blowers, is available to view online at



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