Fire service warn students not to use potentially lethal door wedges

Do not wedge open fire doors, say South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
Do not wedge open fire doors, say South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
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Students are being advised to not use door wedges to prop open designated fire doors.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have consulted with experts who say that new student arrivals could be tempted to wedge fire doors open in an attempt to be more social.

The concerned safety plea comes from reports that some student marketing companies are providing door wedges in a bid to make it easier for students to make friends.

Business Fire Safety Manager Amy Jenkinson, said: “Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. They save lives and property and should never be propped open. They are designed to stop a fire spreading as fast, which is especially important in accommodation like student complexes where multiple people live.

“We’re aware of some people around the country providing door wedges to promote friendship, but suggest that there are safer and more effective ways of making new friends- from a cup of tea and a packet of biscuits, to sharing some music or a film.”

Some other useful fire safety tips released toady include not cooking under the influence of alcohol, and planning a fire escape route with your housemates.