Fire door advice for residents

Cleveland Fire Brigade is reassuring residents over the use and provision of fire doors.  

It comes after doors for flats in Grenfell Tower, which was destroyed by fire last year, could only hold back a fire for half the time they were designed to.

Joe Flounders, Head of Fire Engineering, CFB said: “Our advice has not changed, in the event of a fire people should continue to follow existing fire procedures in their property.

Fire doors are important but they are only part of a range of safety measures. Having working smoke alarms which are regularly tested are vital. Figures show that without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in a fire..

Other sensible steps to prevent a fire include never leaving cooking unattended, ensuring smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of, never leaving candles unattended and not putting items over heaters.”

What should I do if I am worried about my fire door?
If you are worried about any aspect of fire safety in your building you should contact your landlord/owner/responsible person in the first instance.

Why are fire doors important?
Fire doors are part of the key fire safety measure in place in buildings. They are designed to hold back flames and smoke for 30 to 60 minutes.

While fire doors are important, residents need to know what to do in the event of a fire in their building. All these measures come together to ensure people are kept safe in their own homes.

There are plenty of ways you can keep you and your family safer from the risks of fire in your home. Having working smoke alarms and testing them every week to check they are working, is one of the easiest ways to protect your family and your home.

I have a fire door on my flat – am I at risk?
There is no evidence to suggest there is an increased risk to public safety. Further tests are being carried out at this time and residents should continue to act in line with their building’s fire plan.

If we aren’t sure if our fire doors are safe, should we just keep them open?
People living in buildings with fire doors should continue to keep them closed at all times. Given the technical nature of fire door testing, further investigations are likely to take some time however the National Fire Chiefs Council will monitor progress on this issue and update our advice regularly.

If you have any concerns over the fire door fitted to your property please contact our Fire Engineering Department via FireEngineeringHelpDesk@clevelandfire.gov.uk