ASSA ABLOY UK holds fire safety event with West Midlands Fire Service

With the fire and rescue services attending approximately 162,000 incidents in England every year, which result in more than 300 fatalities and 7,600 casualties, ASSA ABLOY UK is holding a dedicated event at West Midlands Fire Service’s headquarters in Birmingham to help raise awareness of fire safety.

Part of the Fire Door Safety Week campaign from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), which runs from 25th September until the 1st October, ASSA ABLOY UK’s event will take place on Thursday 28th September and offer a valuable insight into how commercial, public and multiple occupancy buildings can ensure fire safety at all times.

Targeted at professionals operating in sectors as diverse as healthcare, education, housing and local authorities, the event will see a series of speakers offer practical advice, support and recommendations on how to deliver assured fire safety that can help save lives.

Now in its fifth year, Fire Door Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the role of third-party certificated fire doors in preventing life changing injuries and the legal responsibilities of managing fire door safety. This year’s campaign is focusing on promoting awareness of the critical role of fire doors in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared accommodation.

Simon Gibbs, Technical Manager at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “Organised and led by the BWF, Fire Door Safety Week offers a fantastic opportunity to help spread the word about the crucial importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property.

“With our event, we want to help show organisations how important it is to be aware of fire safety. Three million new fire doors are bought and installed every year in the UK, but poor installation and maintenance can dramatically affect a doors’ ability to stop a fire from spreading. This does not need to be the case.

“Our event aims to offer helpful information, practical advice and useful tips, so organisations can be confident they have a robust and proven fire safety plan in place.

“We would like to thank the BWF for its hard work in championing such an important initiative, and we would also like to thank West Midlands Fire Service for partnering with us to highlight this important cause. We hope attendees to the event will learn new ways in which to ensure fire safety at all times.”

Beginning at 9am, the half-day event will conclude at approximately 1pm, with light refreshments available for attendees.

To register your interest and reserve a place at the event, please visit