About Fire Door Safety Week

Launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. The campaign is managed by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of partners, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.

It’s crucial to understand the factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended – product manufacture, quality, installation and maintenance all play a part. Their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use. Propping a fire door open means that they won’t perform as they should in the event of a fire.

Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and this is why the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign exists.

About Fire Door Safety Week

Launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect, Fire Door Safety Week is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the vital role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. The campaign is managed by the British Woodworking Federation and is supported by a number of partners, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.

It’s crucial to understand the factors that ensure a fire door performs as intended – product manufacture, quality, installation and maintenance all play a part. Their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants, as can their use. Propping a fire door open means that they won’t perform as they should in the event of a fire.

Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and this is why the annual Fire Door Safety Week campaign exists.

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Campaign Objectives

  • To raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
  • To encourage building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.
  • To link together the initiatives of many organisations with common interests in the fire door and passive fire protection industries.
  • To engage and educate people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance.

Campaign Archive

For the past seven years, Fire Door Safety Week has worked hard to highlight the importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice. Each year, the campaign focuses on a key theme to get its message across.

The 2020 campaign emphasised the significant role fire doors play in protecting life and property, with a particular focus on the state of, and importance of fire door maintenance, inspection, and replacement programmes.

FDSW 2019 Logo

Research into fire safety in care homes marked the start of Fire Door Safety Week 2019, which focused on the role that fire doors play in protecting people while asleep and at their most vulnerable. Read more about the campaign.

FDSW 2018 Logo

The underlying theme in 2018 was ‘Fire Door Five: Shutting the door on fire and smoke’. The aim was to continue to educate about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire, encourage best practice in specification and installation and halt the legacy of neglect in maintaining and inspecting fire doors.

FDSW 2017 Logo

In 2017, following the tragedy at Grenfell, the campaign focused on stopping the legacy of neglecting fire doors, not just in social housing, but in buildings across the UK.

FDSW 2016 Logo

In 2016 the focus was firmly on fire door safety and knowledge of residents in block of flats and shared accommodation. These are buildings which contain residents who would be difficult to evacuate quickly in a fire emergency.

FDSW 2015 Logo

The 2015 campaign aimed to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance, and encouraging building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.

FDSW 2014 Logo

The first Fire Door Safety Week campaign in 2014 had an overall awareness focus. Engaging and educating people, helping the whole building industry and every property owner to understand the correct specification, supply, installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of fire doors.