The British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) Fire Door Safety Week 2015 takes place from 14th – 20th September. The annual initiative aims to raise awareness of fire safety and the need for correct installation and maintenance of fire doors in commercial and residential properties. JELD-Wen is one of the manufacturer’s to support the campaign:
Despite over 3 million new fire doors being bought and installed every year in the UK, many industry professionals, from merchants to installers, are still making dangerous mistakes when it comes to fitting and specifying fire doors. In an inspection sample by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme of 677 fire doors across 34 different sites, it was found that over 61% had a problem with smoke or fire seals, 230 fire doors had gaps bigger than 3mm, 20% had unsuitable hinges and 1 in 6 had damage to the door leaf.
Chris Miller, Doors Product Manager at JELD-Wen, said: “In 2013-2014 there were 212,000 fire incidents in Great Britain, with 322 resulting in a fatality, so it’s essential that merchants get behind the initiative to help their customers save lives.
“The easiest way to back Fire Door Safety Week is by choosing quality suppliers that are members of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme who undergo rigorous assessments to ensure products are fit for purpose. It’s also essential that more merchants demand product training from suppliers. JELD-Wen offers regular support for merchants so that they can confidently inform their customers about fire doors and doorsets.”
Iain McIlwee, Chief Executive of the BWF, said: “We set up the BWF-CERTIFIRE scheme in partnership with major manufacturers like JELD-Wen to increase the standard of fire doors across the industry. Fire door safety week is a great way of raising awareness of the issues surrounding fire door installation and specification and we really appreciate JELD-Wen’s efforts in backing the initiative.”
As a founding member of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme, JELD-Wen offers a wide range of fire resistant doors and doorsets in FD30 and FD60, 30 and 60 minute fire ratings. The manufacturer supplies fire protected assembled door frames, fire resisting doorsets and doors in a range of looks and finishes such as fashionable oak, contemporary veneers and glazed designs as well as three thickness options; 44mm, 54mm and a unique 35mm option.
Every door is designed to comply with Approved Document B and JELD-Wen’s new range of CE marked fire resistant hardware offers a complete solution for merchants and their customers.
For more information about fire door safety week visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk
For more information about fire doors, the BWF-CERTIFIRE scheme and a ‘how to fit fire doors’ video visit www.jeld-wen.co.uk