A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October) has shown an alarming lack of public awareness of the essential role of fire doors.

The research, carried out by IronmongeryDirect, revealed that 25% of people are unaware that fire doors must be kept shut always and that 49% of those surveyed say they have seen a fire door propped open.

The results also showed that over a third (36%) admit that they would prop a fire door open at certain times.

The survey also highlighted that nearly six in ten people (59%) do not know how to identify a fire door and that 13% of people who do would either take no action or be unsure what to do if there was an obvious problem with a fire door.

The safety campaign says that fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire.