2019 FIRE DOOR SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING FIRE DOOR SAFETY
Last week marked the 7th annual Fire Door Safety Week across the UK and Northern Ireland. The week-long campaign was supported by over 250 industry-related organisations this year. KCC played a huge role in educating architects, designers, building or facilities managers and other industry professionals on the importance of fire door safety this year as part of Fire Door Safety week, by organising and hosting the 2019 Fire Door Symposium in the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry/Londonderry on September 26th.
The half-day event was specifically created to raise awareness of the correct specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors as a crucial part of any buildings fire protection strategy.
Ian Howell, representing KCC’s Fire Door Inspections closed the seminar with a presentation focusing on “Fire doors and their inspection” and gave attendees an understanding of the importance of fire door maintenance and inspection in order to ensure they function as intended, ie. as a life saving device in the event of a fire emergency.
An introductory video clip showing the testing of three doors, two incorrectly specified, and what can happen in these instances created an eerie silence around the room as all attendees witnessed the unavoidable truth – the consequences of poorly-installed or unmaintained fire doors can be deadly, with flames bursting through the first door in just four minutes.
Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine