If your a building owner, landlord or the responsible person in your company, why are you not having a Fire Door Inspection carried out on all your fire doors, is it your budget or are you just unaware of your responsibilities under The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO). Unfortunately neither your lack of budget, your lack of understanding your responsibilities, will help save lives & property or reduce the possibility of any prosecution that may arise in the event of a fire.
There have been a few high profile cases of deaths associated with inadequate fire protection, in particular Penhallow Hotel 2007 which resulted in the loss of 3 lives, Lakanal House 2009 where 6 people died and most recently as part of The Fire Door Safety Week, the Sophie Rosser story (please click on Sophie’s name, to see the video) who had been carried unconscious from the building of which the coroner’ s report states that if the fire door had not become stuck on the floor, wedged open, the self closing device would have worked correctly and closed the fire door, giving adequate protection.
If a fire door is not correctly specified, installed or maintained, its next to useless. In the event of a fire, a correctly installed, maintained and inspected fire door will save lives and property, don’t bury your head in the sand, make a change for the good and get all your Fire Doors inspected & maintained, fire extinguishers checked and most of all ensure the fire exit routes are clear from obstruction, you have a clear and precise fire evacuation strategy.
Lakanal House 2009
Penhallow Hotel 2007
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