A couple of years ago, someone called me during the UK’s Fire Door Safety Week. I remember it clearly because not too many people call me these days – almost everyone emails instead. The purpose of the call was to ask why we don’t have a Fire Door Safety Week in the US, and whether I would be willing to take on the project.
I’m generally very bad at turning down a request, no matter how challenging, but I recognize how much effort goes into Fire Door Safety Week and the year-round education about fire doors. I admit, I often feel like I’m under water just trying to manage what’s currently on my plate. There are a lot of you and one of me.
I love the idea of Fire Door Safety Week – a focal point for information about fire door assemblies that carries on throughout the year. If we decided to attempt such a campaign in the US, we could benefit from the momentum that has been built in the UK, and vice versa. On the UK website, there’s a downloadable 80-page guide on fire door assemblies (80 PAGES!), a 5-step checklist, 101 facts about fire doors, fire door myths and facts, and the video that I shared yesterday. There’s also a media pack with photo galleries, case studies, an infographic, a report on last year’s Fire Door Safety Week, and other valuable information and links.
As I mentioned when sharing the video, the UK codes and standards are not exactly the same as those in the US, but the British Woodworking Federation has done a great job with these resources and we could learn from their efforts.
WWYD? Do we need a Fire Door Safety Week in the US? If yes, who has the resources to dedicate to such an effort? Where do we begin?