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5 million fire doors labelled in two years - but still ignorance continues in construction, warns BWF

2 May 12 There is still a worrying level of ignorance about fire safety legislation and the critical importance of passive fire protection measures such as fire doors, warns the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

Its BWF-Certifire Fire Door and Doorset Scheme is celebrating its 15th year in 2012, and the successful labelling of 5 million fire doors in the last two years. The scheme was established by a group of prime fire door manufacturers aiming to improve the standard of fire doors across the supply chain. 

However, Peter Johnson, chairman of the BWF-Certifire Scheme, is concerned about the construction industry’s understanding of the issues:

“Our questions to all building owners, contractors and specifiers are: How safe are your fire doors? And how do you know?  Everyone involved in the manufacture, specification, sale, installation and maintenance of fire doors and doorsets needs to understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to fire safety.

“Fire doors are a critical component in the protection of lives and property. They are part of a building’s passive fire protection system, an essential requirement for some housing and all public buildings, offices and factories.”

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The BWF-Certifire Fire Door and Doorset Scheme is holding a free, CPD-approved seminar at The Building Centre in London on 13 June for developers, architects, building owners and specifiers involved in the selection and use of fire doors.

The seminar will focus on many of the concerns associated with the specification and use of fire doors, particularly in the light of continued low awareness of the fire safety obligations imposed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Delegates will learn experts from the London Fire Brigade and Brent Housing Partnership, both organisations highlighting some of the fire safety issues they face and recommended solutions.

The BWF-Certifire Scheme now includes not just the market leaders in timber fire door manufacturing, but also major companies involved in converting fire doors, ironmongery, intumescent seals and glazing systems, and, more recently, merchants and installers. With more than 200 members, the scheme represents the supply chain for over 75% of the fire doors sold in the UK and has been responsible for the accreditation of 30 million fire doors since its start.  

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