UK Local Authorities Delay Fire Door Checks
Door hardware supplier A Perry has condemned UK local authorities following publication of a reports that 60 per cent have fallen behind with conducting routine fire door maintenance, replacement and inspection programmes.
Speaking during Fire Door Safety Week which ends on 27th September, company spokesperson, Steve Perry, said: “Whilst the pandemic has forced a number of issues out of the spotlight, with more people working from home, fire doors play an even more crucial life-saving role at the moment and more attention must be brought to this issue.
“Fire Door Safety Week is helping to highlight these concerning statistics and encourage local authorities to minimise these potentially life-threatening delays.”
According to figures from Fire Door Safety Week, 53 per cent of local authorities approached by the report’s authors cited the pandemic as a reason for the delays which have now affected 9,954 properties. Perhaps worryingly, only 4 per cent of respondents indicated they plan to resume postponed works before next year.
Established in 2013, the #FDSW industry campaign is run by The British Woodworking Federation supported by the BWF Fire Door Alliance and works to highlight the life-saving importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice.