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BWF fire door film highlights Cornish hotel fire

A hard-hitting short film by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door & Doorset Scheme shows the vital importance of fit for purpose fire doors in protecting lives and property.
The unsung heroes of fire protection, fire doors fulfill two crucial requirements: the prevention of fire spread, and the protection of a safe route of escape from a burning building. Correct specification and installation is vital, as is the proper maintenance of a fire door in its day to day use.

The film features extracts from a BBC South-West investigation into the fatal fire at the Penhallow Hotel in Cornwall, which includes a test sequence showing that an incorrectly fitted fire door can fail in as few as 15 minutes. in only 15 minutes.

The film has been developed as an educational tool to ensure that those in charge of fire safety understand their responsibilities and know where to turn for advice and guidance.

Richard Lambert, Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) which administers the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme, said: “With recent changes to fire safety legislation, we wanted to provide a clear and compelling fire safety guide to share the excellent advice and guidance provided by the Scheme. We believe there needs to be more recognition of what fire doors can do and how they can protect lives and property, and hope that this DVD will help to raise awareness of the importance of fit for purpose fire doors in businesses across the UK.”

The film, featuring London’s Burning actor Sean Blowers, can be viewed online at www.bwf.org.uk/firedoors.

The BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme is a partnership between the BWF and Warrington Certifire Ltd and, with over 200 members, represents a majority of fire doors sold in the UK.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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