This week is Fire Door Safety Week, a week aimed at highlighting the importance of fire doors and educating building owners and users on how to use them properly.

Containing fire through the correct specification and installation of well-maintained fire doors can save lives. Fire Door Safety Week was launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect.  The organisations behind the campaign are the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), the BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS).

Described as the first line of defence in a fire, fire doors are often neglected. They are often poorly maintained or not repaired quickly enough after damage. Their effectiveness is also greatly affected by their use, with fire doors often being propped open.

The Fire Door Safety Week campaign in 2018 focused on a 5 step fire door check:

  1. Look for labels or markings that show the door is third party certificated and has traceability back to the original manufacturer;
  2. Look that the door is marked correctly with the appropriate signage and that it closes tightly against the frame;
  3. Ensure that the door or frame has the fire and smoke seal, and that the door closes correctly with an even gap all round of about 3mm;
  4. Check the fire-rated hinges are fitted firmly in the door and that there;
  5. Make sure the door is not damaged or ever wedged or propped open.

For further advice on fire doors, we recommend you visit the Fire Door Safety website at https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/advice/.

At Asbestos Justice we have dealt with a number of cases where people have been exposed to asbestos through the manufacture and fitting of fire doors.  Historically, asbestos was used in the construction of fire doors due to its fire retardant qualities.  Asbestos was layered with wood to create the doors.  This involved cutting the asbestos to size to fit the doors.  Often doors would need to be further cut to size upon installation.  As workers cut through the asbestos, clouds of asbestos dust would rise up into the environment around them.  Without protection from suitable masks or breathing equipment, they inevitably inhaled the asbestos dust and, in some circumstances, developed asbestos diseases, such as pleural thickening, mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis.  The use of asbestos products was fully outlawed in 1999 and thankfully this is now limited to a historical legacy.

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or any other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.

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