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Fire doors can save lives

1 December 2016

Members of Howdens Joinery team are shown first-hand the role they play in ensuring the safety of our communities and businesses.

Fire doors can save lives

Yesterday saw our relationship with Howdens Joinery further strengthened. Our business safety management hosted 14 members of the national joinery firm’s team. The aim of the daylong event was to demonstrate the pivotal role suppliers play in ensuring the safety of our communities and businesses.

The day commenced with a classroom session which allowed the Howdens team to develop an understanding of business fire safety and The Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.

The afternoon’s events saw the Howdens Joinery team being whisked off to Humberside Fire and Services state of the art training facility at Immingham. The team were kitted out in full fire kit and observed two live fire demonstrations. The first compared how two internal doors react to fire. One of the doors was a regular domestic wooden door, the other was a certified fire resisting door. The pictures to the right show the doors prior to the fire and after.

In the demonstration, the fire blazed for over an hour before it was extinguished by the Fire Service training team. The fire door withstood the flames and heat, with all its fixtures and fittings intact. The regular domestic door, on the other hand, fell from its surrounds after 20 minutes, highlighting the importance of businesses and landlords conforming to fire safety regulations.

The second demonstration showed the behaviour of fire. It is hoped that this will benefit the Howdens team, allowing them to continue to develop their range of fire safety products.

Initial feedback from both parties praised the value of the day. The event further reinforced our relationship with Howdens Joinery. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have been working closely with the Howden based company for a number of years. They are instrumental in ensuring the safety of the local community by allowing trained members of their staff to crew operational appliances based at Howden fire station.

Business safety Station Manager, Dominic Purchon had the following to say about the day’s events; “Todays joint venture with Howdens Joinery was the first of its type ran by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.  We hope that it demonstrates that we at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are happy to engage and work with the businesses across our region to ensure they are safe and compliant”.