Network Homes supports Fire Safety Week
21 September 2020
Network Homes is pleased to be supporting this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (21 September to 27 September) – a campaign that raises awareness about the critical role of fire doors.
The campaign is run every year by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire scheme, the newly formed BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) and works closely with the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign (formerly Fire Kills).
Fire doors are a critical element in fire safety and a requirement in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building, and in some domestic situations too. In everyday use, the simple purpose of a fire door is just as any other door. However, fire doors are so important in case of fire as they can delay the spread of fire and smoke; protecting your life and home. The maintenance of fire doors is especially important right now as people are spending more time indoors due to lockdown measures and working from home.
Those residents living in flats are subject to additional safety measures and as part of our fire risk assessments and estate inspections, we inspect all the fire doors in our properties to ensure they are safe and compliant.
Last year, Network Homes began an extensive door replacement programme which is still continuing. We are prioritising those which have been identified as needing repair through the fire risk assessments. If your door has been identified as needing to be changed, we will contact you.
All doors fitted by Network Homes are fully certified fire doors, with primary test evidence. Each door is fitted by a third-party accredited contractor to ensure it is installed properly. By taking this approach, we can be confident that the right door is being installed, and its being installed properly.
You should ensure your flat entry door:
- Must close and fit into the frame with gaps no larger than 5mm around the frame.
- There must be an operating door closer to ensure the door can close on its own accord once released.
More advice is available from the London Fire Brigade website.
If you want more advice please contact the fire safety team – 0300 373 3000
Report a faulty fire door
Residents can help us ensure their buildings are safe by telling us if they notice any faults with fire doors by following using the 5 Step Check. You can report faults to us on 0300 373 3000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.