Shutting a door could save a life – safety tip

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THE importance of fire safety doors is being highlighted this week.

As part of Fire Door Safety Week, safety officers are raising awareness of the importance of fitting fire safety doors in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire.

However, they remain a significant area of neglect, say firefighters.

Mark Hayter, head of business fire safety for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘We want to help those responsible for commercial premises to keep themselves, their staff and their customers safe.

‘For people in their own homes, shutting internal doors is one of the most effective fire precautions they can take.

‘A closed door stops flames spreading to other rooms, limits the damage to the property and, in combination with a working smoke detector, gives occupiers the valuable time they need to escape.’