Fire doors are a hot topic in Durham this week as free event aims to highlight safety awareness

Construction workers in the north east of England are invited to attend a free event promoting fire door safety in Durham later this week.

In response to an increasing number of fire doors that are failing to perform throughout the area, tradespeople, housebuilders, architects, specifiers and commercial property managers are being urged to attend the event, which will be held at Durham County Cricket Club on Thursday afternoon.

Being run by The County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service in association with timber and construction materials supplier Arnold Laver, the day will cover new legislation, building regulations and the latest developments surrounding fire doors, as well as providing in-depth product information on the specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors.

Key speakers at the event, which will run from 9am to 2pm, will include representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service, BWF Certifire Scheme, Fire Door Inspection Scheme, Lorient fire specialists, Dorma UK, Vetrotech Glazing, Vicaima, W Howard, MDF Mouldings, Access Panels and Saint-Gobain UK.

A spokesperson from the Fire & Rescue Service said: “Fire doors not only protect property, they ultimately save lives, but we continually see examples of doors in buildings that could do a much better job with a few simple changes.

"The doors are a vital element of any building and it is essential people understand how to source, fit and maintain fire doors properly through events like this."

David Oldfield, joinery director at Arnold Laver, added: “Fire doors form part of everyday life. On average we touch or open a door up to 60 times a day, and if we work in an environment such as an office, school, hospital or any public building, the chances are most if not all will be a fire door.

"However, the design and installation of fire doors and the surroundings and other functions, such as glazing, ironmongery and intumescent, are not always planned, designed or maintained properly."

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