Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) is an awareness campaign which was launched in 2013 to increase public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. As fire door manufacturers and specialists, we got involved in a big way this year by hosting a special event at our factory in Mallusk.
The event took place across three days where guests were invited to come along to our manufacturing facility in Mallusk for a tour and some informative discussion around everything from the specification of fire doors to the importance of regular maintenance and inspection. Our guests heard from Errol Little, consultant to and original founder of Elite Doors who gave a talk on Q-Mark certification and what this means for our clients and customers. This was followed by a talk on fire door inspection by KCC Groups’ BM Trada certified fire door inspector and installer, Johnny Kelly. Guests also heard about the capabilities of Elite Doors from Elite GM Richard Holmes before taking a guided tour of the Elite Doors factory and witnessing first hand how our doors are manufactured and the level of care and attention to detail that goes into every single doorset.
Take a quick look at what took place here
Campaigns like FDSW are necessary to raise awareness of the crucial role fire doors play in buildings and the importance of correct specification, installation and regular maintenance. It’s also an important step in trying to counteract the legacy of bad construction practice both in Ireland and the UK. A 2019 survey* of fire doors inspected under the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in the UK analysed 100,000 fire door inspections. The worrying results showed that more than three-quarters (76%) of the fire doors inspected by the Scheme were condemned as not fit for purpose and just 24% of fire doors passed inspections across 2,700 buildings. The same survey conveyed massive problems with fire door installations with 30% of doors being condemned due to poor installation.
Raising awareness of these types of worrying statistics discourages bad practice and helps to highlight the specific issues which are so important in fire door safety such as poor installation and maintenance.