Where to turn for fire safety

Published:  23 September, 2009

Following the success of the hard-hitting short film produced at the end of last year, the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme has been holding seminars to educate those involved in the specification, installation and maintenance of fire safety measures about the importance of third party certificated fire doors.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) came into effect in October 2006, laying the responsibility for fire safety measures firmly at the feet of facilities managers. The BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme believes that this has contributed to the recent upsurge in requests for resources and guidance that has come from the facilities and building management community, and is delivering a series of seminars to the employees of Grosvenor Facilities Management, amongst others, to provide resources and guidance to those responsible for fire safety.

John Fletcher, manager of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme administered by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), said: “In the past few months we have come across many horror stories of poor fire door installations, probably caused by specifiers and their contractors who appear to be cutting corners to save money. Often, these are in new buildings including hospitals, care homes and student accommodation. Poor installation and skimping on the use of certified products could have devastating effects in the event of a fire, and so the Scheme is working hard to eliminate these dangerous practices and continue to educate people about their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety.”

“When installed and maintained correctly, fire doors save both lives and property, so it is encouraging to see that many organisations across the country are recognising that legislation has changed and are acting to ensure that they know their responsibilities. By conducting these seminars and workshops we hope that more and more organisations will be able to benefit from the resources and guidance provided by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme.”

Ed Gee, deputy works manager of Grosvenor Facilities Management, said: “We have run one successful seminar in conjunction with the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme, and have plans for another two to fulfill the high level of demand within our organisation. Our staff have a responsibility to ensure that fire doors are fitted and maintained correctly so that they function correctly in the event of a fire. The resources and advice provided by the Scheme are really helpful, and I would recommend any organisation to look into hosting a seminar to ensure that all those in the facilities management sector and beyond know their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety.”

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