It’s Fire Door Safety Week 2023


25-29 September 2023

This week sees the 10th Annual Fire Door Safety Week, run by the British Woodworking Federation

“The British Woodworking Federation’s Fire Door Safety Week aims to raise the awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in saving lives and protecting property in the unfortunate event of a fire.”

“Everyone plays their part in ensuring a fire door performs as it should in the tragic event of a fire, from the manufacturer through to the building users, and knowing what to look out for and what to do if you spot a problem might just save a life.


Fire Door Safety Week 2023 Events

Monday 25th September 2023

10.00am – 11.00am

Kevin Underwood – BWF Technical Director

Title:  The review of BS 8214: 2016, Timber Based Fire Door Assemblies – Code of Practice

Tuesday 26th September 2023

10.30am – 11.30am

Ashley Mather – Senior Fire Engineer, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

Title: Fire doors in Residential Buildings: regulation and compliance

Wednesday 27th September 2023

10.30am – 11.30am

Andrew Sayer – Lead Assessor Fire Door Inspection Service (FDIS)

Title: The top 5 things you need to know about fire door inspections.

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Campaign Info Pages

FDSW23 Recognise it, Report it

The theme for this year’s campaign, which runs from 25 – 29 September, is ‘Recognise it, Report it’ and aims to help people spot problems with faulty doors so they can be reported, then repaired or replaced.

Our Fire Door Services

Effective fire-resisting doors are vital to ensure occupants are able to evacuate to a safe place. Correctly specified and installed doors will hold back fire and smoke, preventing escape routes becoming unusable as well as preventing the spread of fire.

  • – Fire Door Installation
  • – Fire Door Inspections and Maintenance
  • – Fire Door Repairs

British Woodworking Federation Campaign Video

Premises Fire Safety Signage for Occupants

Premises Fire Safety Signage for Occupants

Common Questions

Common questions often asked are ‘what fire signs does my premises require? and ‘why do we require so many signs?’

Fire safety signs are designed to warn building occupants of any fire hazards, provide information on fire safety equipment and procedures, and give concise instructions about the actions all occupants at anytime should take in the event of a fire. Installing and maintaining fire safety signs is not only essential to saving lives and protecting property, but is also a legal requirement.

Responsible Person

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 outlines the types of fire signs, their placement, and the importance of maintenance, while the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 requires the Responsible Person to take responsibility for fire safety within commercial premises.

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 which came into effect in England from 23 January 2023 made it a legal requirement for way finding signs to be installed in all high-rise residential buildings in England, including clear markings identifying floor and individual flat numbers to assist the Fire and Rescue Service.

So which fire safety signs does your premises need ?

There are several types of fire safety signs. Carrying out a Fire Risk Assessment, as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, should ultimately determine which signs are essential for your premises.

  • Fire exit signs highlight the safest evacuation route and nearest emergency exit of a building.
  • – Fire door signs provide mandatory instructions to ensure effectiveness.
  • – Fire alarm signs highlight the nearest fire alarm and provide information regarding its activation.
  • – Emergency door operation signs offer simple instructions on how to operate emergency exit doors.
  • – Stairway and floor level identification signs enable occupants of multi-storey high-rise buildings to accurately and quickly inform Fire and Rescue Services of the location of a fire and assist firefighters in navigating their way around the building.
  • – Fire assembly point signs show where a building’s assembly point is located to enable evacuees to report to their designated point and identify any missing persons quickly.
  • – Fire extinguisher signs indicate the position and type of extinguishers present in a premises, show the classes of fire they can be used on and how to operate them safely, and help identify any missing extinguishers that need replacing.
  • – Fire equipment signs ensure that equipment is present, and correctly and clearly identified (where provided) to enable firefighters to gain immediate access to facilities such as rising main outlets on arrival at the scene of a fire.
  • – Fire safety notices reinforce important messages of life safety arrangements to occupants.
  • – Fire action notice signs include step-by-step instructions for occupants to follow in the event of a fire.
  • – Hazard signs identify the location of potential hazardous materials or environments.

Further Details and Information

In the event of a fire, smoke and power outages can reduce sign visibility. Photoluminescent signs which function without the need for any additional illumination help maintain their visibility.

RES FIRE supplies high quality, affordable internal and external fire safety signage in a range of different formats and sizes to ensure your premises is compliant.

For further details on fire safety signage audits and maintenance or to ensure your premise emergency escape/exit lighting is fit for purpose please call RES FIRE on 0800 731 0727

For HM Government Wayfinding Regulations go to:

Article Originally Published by the FIA