Fire Door Safety Week 2023 Events

Monday 25th September 2023

10.00am – 11.00am

Kevin Underwood – BWF Technical Director

Title:  The review of BS 8214: 2016, Timber Based Fire Door Assemblies – Code of Practice

Overview:  The Code of Practice for BS 8214 is being reviewed by a BSI Working Group covering the key objectives outlined in the proposal posted on the BSI Standards Development Portal last year.

The code will be extended to cover steel and aluminium fire doors and those made from composite materials.

The installation section is to be revised to clarify what is required when installing fire resisting doors.  Concerns have been raised within the industry that this section is being misread with parts of the advice being taken in isolation and not considered as a whole.

The guidance for smoke control is to be revised to bring it in line with BS 9991 the code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings, which is also under review. In particular, there is a view that the 3mm gap currently permitted at the threshold of a door assembly is not effective and could contribute to the spread of smoke within a building.

Other updates may be necessary within the code of practice depending on post Brexit legislation, e.g. UKCA marking and CE marking, and any additional certification or regulatory requirements resulting from any changes to the building regulations or from the Building Safety Act and any associated secondary legislation.

While drafting rules means that the presentation cannot go into the detail of work that has already been done on the standard but what might change in this presentation Kevin will cover the objectives of the review.

The presentation will give an overview of the code of practice as it is today and explore the thinking behind the key objectives of the revision.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the code of practice or make comments on the content of the current version.


Tuesday 26th September 2023

10.30am – 11.30am

Ashley Mather – Senior Fire Engineer, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

Title: Fire doors in Residential Buildings: regulation and compliance

Overview:  Fire doors are essential for preventing the spread of fire and smoke.  In residential buildings, they help protect the means of escape for escaping occupants as well as supporting the stay put strategy.  The suitable provision of fire doors has always been a requirement of Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order Safety but with the commencement of the Fire Safety Act in 2022, and the Fire Safety (England) Regulations earlier this year, there is renewed focus on the need for effective fire doors in residential buildings.  In support of Fire Door Safety Week, this webinar will give an overview of the current legislation around fire doors, providing a fire service perspective on regulation and compliance.


Wednesday 27th September 2023

10.30am – 11.30am

Andrew Sayer – Lead Assessor Fire Door Inspection Service (FDIS)

Title: The top 5 things you need to know about fire door inspections.

Overview: This webinar will focus on:

  • What the client should look for when obtaining the services of a fire door inspector.
  • What the clients should provide to the fire door inspector
  • What the client should expect from a fire door inspection report
  • What Regulations are relevant to fire door inspections
  • How the client can use the information provided on the inspection report – risk assessment etc.

E-Learning: An Introduction to Fire Doors

This online course provide learners with an introduction to fire doors, their component parts, how they save lives, and the impact of making alterations. At the end of the course, learners are provided with a BWF certificate of attendance.

The BWF Introduction to Fire Doors E-Learning course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service.

Fire Door Safety Week is an awareness campaign owned by the British Woodworking Federation. It seeks to increase the awareness and understanding of the critical role that fire doors play in protecting lives and property.