Fire Door Safety Week Targets Dodgy Fire Doors

  • New research reveals alarming levels of ignorance and complacency about fire safety at work and at play.Fire Door Safety Week Targets Dodgy Fire Doors
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Despite an average of 174 building fires every day[1], more than 9,500 fatalities or casualties from those fires in 2012-13[2], and an estimated billion pound bill for fire-related property insurance claims last year[3], it seems we are still shockingly complacent about fire safety.

New research published today[4] to coincide with the start of Fire Door Safety Week(15-21 September 2014) reveals that almost half of us (47%) have never been shown or told about the fire safety procedures where we work.

If a fire alarm was to sound, 14% of people say they would see what everyone else was doing and ‘go with the flow’ – this rises to almost 23% of workers aged 25-44. One in 10 people (11%) would go into the corridor and investigate, and one in 20 admit they would simply ignore it, assuming there must be a fault on the alarm system.

When respondents with formal responsibility for fire safety in their organisations were asked if they were fully aware of their legal obligations, almost half (46.5%) said they either did not know what they were or admitted they were unclear.

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[1] Latest Government statistics, published May 2014: Fire Statistics: Great Britain April 2012 to March 2013.  Department for Communities and Local Government. 63,500 building fires in 2012-13: 41,000 fires recorded in dwellings and 22,500 in other buildings.

[2] DCLG fire statistics (see above). 266 fatalities in dwelling fires in 2012-13, plus 17 fatalities in other building fires. 8,300 casualties recorded from dwelling fires, and 1,013 in other building fires.

[4] Survey carried out 27-29 August 2014 by Atomik Research on behalf of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme. The sample consisted of two groups: a 500 individuals group responsible for fire safety in a variety of organisations, and a 500 consumers group aged 18-65 and nationally representative.