Businesses and landlords are being urged to ensure that all fire exits are in good working order, as part of Fire Door Safety Week.
Accidents at work happen all too easily if employers fail to keep on top of fire safety.
Bosses could easily have a work compensation claim on their hands if a blaze was to break out on their premises and a fire door was not functioning properly.
During Fire Door Safety Week – which runs from September 16-21 – employers, workers, landlords, tenants, customers and all members of the public are asked to check on any door with a fire door sign on it.
Injury compensation claim
Building owners and users alike are encouraged to check for any signs of damage to doors, or any which are being propped open or not closing correctly.
Those responsible for buildings can save themselves a potential injury compensation claim by reporting any faulty fire doors they notice to the relevant authorities.
Fire doors play a vital but criminally-overlooked role in the fire safety of every department block, hotel, office, restaurant, bar and other commercial and public building up and down the country. Their critical element should not be overlooked, with three million fire doors installed in the UK every year.
No ordinary door
“A fire door is no ordinary door,” explains John Fletcher, manager of the BWF-Certifire.
“It’s an engineered safety device, and can save lives and property if made, fitted and maintained properly.”
He added: “We need to make sure these doors operate correctly at all times. Every building owner, and every one of us as building users, should carry out simple checks this week and report dodgy fire doors. Spread awareness, not fire.”
Save someone’s life
Here’s a list of the top five tips for checking fire doors. Simple checks we can all make, which could help save someone’s life:
- Fire doors should never be propped open
- There should be no gaps in or around the doors
- Each door needs to be marked with appropriate signage
- Fire doors should be certified. This will be clearly indicated with a label or marking on the edge or top of the door
- Hinges should be fitted firmly with no missing screws
Source: PR Newswire