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Disturbing Fire Door Safety Week film demonstrates how smoke usually kills long before fire


As Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) gets underway, The British Woodworking Federation has released another hard-hitting film that highlights the dangers of smoke.

“Smoke gets in your eyes” is presented by Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for FDSW, as well as British Woodworking Federation Head of Technical Research and Insight, Chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a Trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust.

The film demonstrates the deadly speed with which smoke can spread, laden with toxins. As smoke travels much faster than fire, it will usually kill long before the actual fire does: in just a few seconds, it can fill a room. Disorientation, dizziness, unconsciousness – and then death – soon follow.
However, a proper fire door that is fitted with all its fire and smoke seals and is closed tightly against its frame will, in most cases, delay the spread of fire and smoke long enough for the fire to be brought under control.
It’s another powerful demonstration of the crucial importance of fire doors that save lives if properly fitted and maintained properly.

This film is one of five that BWF is releasing for Fire Door Safety Week. The week aims to raise awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in protecting occupants, buildings and fire fighters in the event of a fire and draw attention to a legacy of neglect when it comes to fire door inspection and maintenance.

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