Fire door faultsThe BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme is launching a first-ever 'Best Practice Guide' to selecting, installing, using and maintaining fire door as part of Fire Door Safety week this September.

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The guide will be launched at the ‘Fire Door Sure?’ seminar being held at London’s Building Centre on Thursday 17 September - all delegates attending this event will also receive a free copy of the guide.

There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. Fire doors are frequently the first line of defence in a fire, but they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

Every year lives are lost unnecessarily because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained. Regulated by the Fire Safety Order 2005, the discovery of faulty fire doors can also result in fines or imprisonment for those responsible, and loss of insurance protection.

Hannah Mansell, manager of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme, said: "There are many critical elements to get right in the construction of fire doors, and a host of regulations that govern their manufacture, installation and maintenance.

"Just one mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap, putting lives and property at risk. Our Fire Door Safety Best Practice Guide makes it much easier for everyone involved in the fire door chain to get it right first time.

"But we need to further up the ante on fire door safety. The rates of fire deaths and casualties are reducing, but there are still an average of 25 fatalities or injuries from building fires every day.

"Fire doors are a crucial first line of defence in many of these fires, and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. 10 years on from the new law being introduced, fire door failure is still a consistent feature of prosecutions under the Fire Safety Order.

"We want to see organisations and building owners in every sector pledge support to Fire Door Safety Week and take action today to check their fire doors.”

Order your copy of the Best Practice Guide from BWF-CERTIFIRE for £9.99 at: