We’ve already pledged our support for Fire Door Safety Week.
That takes place in the last week of next month, and is to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors.
It’s estimated that about three million new fire doors are installed every year in the UK.
But they’re often incorrectly specified, installed and maintained, meaning that their integrity can be compromised.
We know this because fire doors are an important part of our business.
Wrightstyle supplies a complete range of integrity only or integrity and insulated doors, in single or double leaf format.
We were also the first company in the UK to introduce unlatched fire doors.
All our doors are tested to BS 476 Part 22 and certified for between 30 to 120 of resistance of fire or toxic smoke.
But we know of instances where door specifications for fire protection have been lowered, simply to save money.
In our view, it’s a false economy and we’ve written about that issue before.
We have also seen examples of fire doors being badly installed, often by companies without the requisite training.
It’s why, for example, that all of our installers have been through our installation training. For customers who have their own installers we also offer free training here at Devizes.
It’s one of the reasons why each of our products or systems carries the Wrightstyle guarantee of quality.
I was reminded about Fire Door Safety Week on a recent fishing holiday to Scotland.
I stayed the night at a hotel in Perth. All very nice, except that the fire door in the corridor outside my room was propped open by a fire extinguisher.
The trouble, of course, is that fire is a rare phenomenon and hotel cleaners have to clean.
But fire doors are also crucial to the protection of every commercial building, and the people who live or work in them.
Compare that lax attitude with our approach to safety at Wrightstyle.
We regularly check air quality in our fabrication facility. Our staff have lung function tests.
Not only that but they also have hands, skin, hearing and sight tests.
Our site is also constantly monitored to ensure that everyone complies with safety procedures.
We simply don’t tolerate any compromise on safety, because compromise equals risk.
So, please, don’t prop open fire doors with a fire extinguisher.
Both are there for a purpose. A very important purpose.
Arran Wright, workshop and training manager, underlining our support of Fire Door Safety Week.