Unity Group - proud to support Fire Door Safety Week

Unity Group is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week

We’re pleased to offer our support as a leading UK fire door manufacturer and specialist. Our focus during this week will be to drive awareness of the importance of rigorous testing when it comes to the development of today’s fire doors. As outlined on the campaign website Fire Door Safety Weekexists to stamp out the legacy of fire door neglect and to educate on the importance of fire door safety. Featuring enlightening and somewhat startling research findings, this dedicated website shares vital information regarding the state of fire door maintenance, inspection and replacement programmes across local authority owned and managed housing in the UK.

‘Over half (52%) of UK local authorities responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reported delays to planned fire door maintenance and replacement in the first half of 2020. The number rises to 60% when inspection delays are also factored in.

According to the data obtained from 147 local authorities that own and manage their own housing stock, at least 26,318 fire doors were scheduled for maintenance or replacement between January and June 2020, but 16,580 did not progress – meaning 63% of individual planned works were delayed until at least the second half of the year, affecting a minimum of 9,954 individual properties.

The findings follow an open letter from the London Fire Brigade to all housing providers in the Capital urging them to put plans in place ahead of new fire safety legislation coming into effect. The letter strongly advises building owners to consider the risks of existing fire doors in their fire risk assessments, regardless of the height of the building.

Our aim at Unity Group is to help housing associations, councils and housing developers to drive down these statistics and help create safe and secure homes for residents. Our comprehensive and contemporary fire doors, available both via Unity Doors and JCK Joinery demonstrate how there does not need to be a compromise when it comes to safety and style – our ranges clearly offer both. Please do get in touch for more details – enquiries@unitydoors.com

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