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Poll reveals alarming lack of fire door knowledge across trades

Despite reporting a growth in demand for
fire safety products and devices in the last year, a new poll by online
ironmongery supplier IronmongeryDirect has revealed that over half (54%)
of tradespeople do not know how to check that a fire door is operating
correctly and complies with regulations.

Big fire in the office building

The poll also found that 84% of
respondents don’t believe there is enough fire door safety information readily
available to tradespeople, despite extensive media coverage about the dangers
of inadequate fire protection following the Grenfell disaster in 2017.

The results are published in support of
the seventh annual Fire Door Safety Week (23 September – 29 September), which
aims to highlight the importance of fire doors and increase good fire safety
practice across the trade industries.

The online poll follows a national
survey of 2,000 adults which was carried out by IronmongeryDirect. The
results show a disturbing lack of general awareness on the life-saving role
that fire doors play, with almost six in ten (59%) of the general public
admitting they do not know how to identify a fire door.

Ian Moore, CEO at the Fire Industry
Association, said: “Fire door-sets are a critical fire safety measure,
designed, tested, manufactured and third party certified to exacting
standards.  For that reason, they need to be maintained in line with the
door-set manufacturer’s instructions with the correct replacement parts.“

The research emphasises the need for
tradespeople and the wider public to be more aware of the essential role that
fire doors play in keeping them safe. Fire doors are designed to withstand fire
for between 30 and 240 minutes and, when maintained correctly, they can make a
remarkable difference in saving lives and reducing spread during a fire.

Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, Wayne Lysaght-Mason, commented:
“We are pleased to see an increase in the sale of fire safety products across
the industry. However, it is worrying that a large proportion of tradespeople
still seem to lack basic fire door safety knowledge.

“A well installed and maintained fire
door can really be the difference between life and death for building
occupants. We urge all tradespeople to use our new online fire door checklist
to help assess whether fire doors they are responsible for are safe and legally
compliant.”

For more guidance,view IronmongeryDirect’s Fire Door Checklist: ironmongerydirect.co.uk/fire-door-checklist

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