Door survey presents ‘alarming lack’ of knowledge

Door survey presents ‘alarming lack’ of knowledge

THE RESEARCH undertaken during last week’s Fire Door Safety Week found that ‘almost half’ of Hampshire adults ‘don’t know the difference’ between fire and regular doors.

Daily Echo reported on the survey by IronmongeryDirect, which spoke to 2,000 adults in the county, and which found that a similar figure ‘have seen [fire doors] illegally propped open’, in what it called an ‘alarming lack of general public awareness’. 46% had seen a door wedged open, 43% ‘wouldn’t recognise a fire door in the first place’, and 19% were ‘unaware that fire doors must be kept shut at all times’.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue said: ‘The results of this survey highlight the need for the public to be made more aware of the important role that fire doors play in keeping them safe. We recommend that people are vigilant. If you are unsure about the condition or inappropriate use of a fire door, please alert the person responsible for fire safety immediately.’

Another survey carried out during Fire Door Safety Week found that 60% of people are 'unaware of how often a fire door should be inspected', with the results of this survey said to be 'startling' and 'surprising'.